Not surprising

Parliament's decision to hand over the running of the Department of Home Affairs to the Treasury has not come as a surprise.

Parliament's decision to hand over the running of the Department of Home Affairs to the Treasury has not come as a surprise.

Instead, the move has confirmed the long-held view by the public that the department was in shambles.

It has been the worst performing segment in government, with a dubious distinction of having never received a clean audit clearance since Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula took over. Daily bungles - including the issuing of IDs to wrong people - have been the order of the day.

Since taking over as director-general last year, Mavuso Msimang has tried to no avail to turn the tide. We hope the new move will help restore the order and respect the department deserves.

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