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The SIU’s Proclamation: Shedding Light On Maladministration In Prasa And Home Affairs

The investigation will also focus on the issuance of citizenship by naturalization, ensuring compliance with relevant laws, guidelines, and instructions applicable to home affairs.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent signing of two proclamations has given the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) the authority to delve into allegations of maladministration within the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and the Home Affairs Department.

This move is a significant step towards uncovering any improper or unlawful conduct by officials or employees of these state entities, as well as recovering any financial losses suffered by the state.

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Of particular concern within Prasa are the allegations surrounding the awarding of tenders for the supply of train locomotives and the maintenance of an integrated security access management system at train stations.

The SIU will thoroughly investigate these claims, including fraudulent liability claims and the employment of “ghost employees” identified by Prasa’s Project Ziveze. The existence of these ghost employees raises serious questions about the efficiency and transparency of Prasa’s operations.

Furthermore, the SIU’s proclamation regarding home affairs aims to address maladministration in the issuance of various permits and visas. This includes permanent residence permits, corporate visas, business visas, critical/exceptional skills work visas, study visas, retired persons’ visas, and work visas.

The investigation will also focus on the issuance of citizenship by naturalisation, ensuring compliance with relevant laws, guidelines, and instructions applicable to home affairs.

One notable aspect of the Home Affairs proclamation is the investigation into the installation of T200 firewalls. This highlights the need for proper scrutiny of the department’s technological infrastructure to prevent any potential breaches or vulnerabilities.

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It is crucial that the SIU identifies any system failures and makes recommendations to improve measures within Prasa and home affairs. This will not only help prevent future losses but also restore public trust in these institutions.

The SIU’s efforts to uncover maladministration and improper conduct will undoubtedly contribute to the overall transparency and accountability of these state entities.

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While it is disheartening to witness such allegations, it is encouraging to see the government taking decisive action through the SIU’s proclamations. This demonstrates a commitment to addressing maladministration and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.

It is essential for all South Africans to support these investigations and demand a higher standard of governance and transparency from our public institutions.

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Matimba Khoza for SurgeZirc SA
Matimba Khoza for SurgeZirc SA
Matimba Khoza is a prominent figure in the world of journalism, serving as the Opinion Editor at SurgeZirc SA. With a keen eye for insightful content, Khoza receives numerous opinion articles and skillfully harnesses them to provide readers with thought-provoking perspectives.
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