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Ramaphosa Authorises SIU to Investigate Maladministration at Home Affairs and PRASA

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has greenlighted investigations into alleged serious maladministration and improper activities at the Department of Home Affairs and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

This development comes as the President signed proclamations empowering the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to cut through the web of dishonest practices that may have plagued these state entities.

The SIU is poised to dive into the depths of the Home Affairs Department’s operations with a particularly keen eye on the issuance processes for various visas and permits. “Proclamation 154 of 2024 empowers the SIU to probe serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of Home Affairs,” stated an SIU spokesperson. This includes an array of permits such as permanent residence, corporate, business, critical skills work, study, retired persons’ visas, and citizenship by naturalisation processes that might have contravened the Immigration Act, 2002; the South African Citizenship Act, 1995 or any related guidelines or policies.

In addition to these inspections, “the SIU will also investigate improper or unlawful conduct by officials or employees of Home Affairs in relation to the installation of T200 firewalls,” added the spokesperson. The timeframe of these inquiries casts a wide net from 12 October 2004 to the present, extending the probe’s reach to past and possibly ongoing misconduct within the department.

Extending its scrutiny, the SIU is set to dissect PRASA’s past dealings, placing tenders for the supply of trains under the microscope. Proclamation 153 of 2024 marks the beginning of an in-depth examination into historical contracts awarded to companies such as Swifambo Rail Leasing Pty Ltd for train locomotives and Siyangena Technologies Pty Ltd regarding integrated security access management systems at train stations.

“The SIU will also investigate serious maladministration in the affairs of PRASA relating to fraudulent liability claims,” relayed the anti-corruption unit’s spokesperson. Instances of suspicious one-time vendor payments and the employment of so-called ‘ghost employees,’ revealed through PRASA’s Project Zivese, will not escape the SIU’s attention.

Beyond identifying individual perpetrators, the SIU is set to recommend systemic changes aimed at preventing future financial hemorrhage from state coffers. Gathering evidence of criminal behavior is just the beginning, as such findings will be turned over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for possible litigation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

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