Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ID suicide: Two officials fired

Our South African government fails to supply something as simple as an ID book. If it takes a suicide to get two unknown officials fired, I don't know what it's going to cost to get the bigwigs brought to book, like the corrupt minista's and their cronies.

By Sharika Regchand

Two Home Affairs officials have been dismissed for flouting rules and regulations which led to the suicide of a man whose application for an identity document was allegedly torn up.

This was announced on Monday by Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma during an impromptu visit to the department's Pietermaritzburg offices.

She said an investigation had been launched after Skhumbuzo Mhlongo, 22, had committed suicide in August. It had been found that a manager and an employee who had dealt with Mhlongo at the Pinetown office had not followed the department's procedures. The officials had been found guilty by a disciplinary inquiry and had been dismissed.

Dlamini-Zuma said people had a constitutional right to quality service from Home Affairs officials without having to resort to drastic actions like suicide to make their voices heard.

"I hope this will be an eye opener for all officials," she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said Monday's visit had been prompted by the many complaints she had received about service and was part of a broader campaign to improve the department. She listened to several complaints from disgruntled people in queues during her visit.

Many complained about not being issued with identity documents despite making several applications, and of errors in the documents issued, including the wrong photographs being placed on documents.

2 Opinion(s):

Pensioner said...

They should have been charged with Homicide , as for Dlamini-Zuma, she should have been put out to pasture years ago.

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