PORT ELIZABETH - Leader of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) Kenneth Meshoe said in Parliament on Wednesday the Department of Home Affairs had failed in its mandates to protect the identity of citizens, as well as to regulate immigration in the interests of South Africa.
"According to the 2014-2019 strategic plan of the Department of Home Affairs, it is mandated to efficiently determine and safeguard the identity and status of citizens, as well as to regulate immigration to ensure security, promote development and fulfil South Africa’s international obligations.
"The department has, sadly, failed to effectively execute these two mandates," Meshoe said.
He said, for example, that Home Affairs had still not dealt with complaints of women who had found they were married illegally and without their knowledge to strangers they had never met had still not been dealt with.
He said this had a detrimental effect on many women who were then unable to get employment or open bank accounts, for example, because their marital status could not be verified.