On Tuesday, MPs grilled the department on the refugee reception office and why they had failed to open the offices in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This was despite a court ruling to open refugee centres.
“Once public works hands over the tender installation, then we as home affairs can come in and do our installation of equipment and furniture, this process will take eight weeks to do,” acting director-general at home affairs, Thulani Mavuso, said.
The department has constantly maintained it was waiting on the Department of Public Works to provide suitable office accommodation.
MPs gave home affairs officials a grilling on what progress the department had made so far.