Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
A large number of South Africans have lost confidence in the Department of Home Affairs.
This is the result of a poll conducted by Sowetan following the five-year jail sentence imposed on Kabelo Thibedi for holding up a Home Affairs official with a toy gun.
He had waited two years for his ID which was, surprisingly, delivered while he was holding up the employee.
The poll result showed that 93 percent of nearly 8000 voters felt he should not go to jail and blamed the Department of Home Affairs for his actions.
The message from the readers however is explicit: the Home Affairs Department is in a shambles.
Hundreds of people born and bred in this country have been officially declared non-existent because they do not have proof of identity. They cannot find employment or buy on credit.
Others are declared dead and many are married to people they do not know.
These crooked officials should be exposed and shown the door.
The minister of Home Affairs, who has shown a clear lack of control, must shoulder the blame for the chaotic situation in the department.
Unless she cracks the whip and brings stability to the department, she must also get the boot and be replaced by someone efficient.
The people have spoken and they have had enough.