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parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on Tuesday welcomed the news that home affairs officials who were on the frontline were not allowed to use their cellphones and that citizens could call out any officials who provided bad service.  

In a briefing by the department, the committee was informed that there were two circulars in place, from 2003 and 2012, which banned cellphone use.  The circulars had been agreed to by all parties, including labour unions.  Committee chairperson Hlomani Chauke last month urged the department to consider a ban on cellphones during working hours following an "excessive amount of complaints".  On Tuesday, Chauke stated:  "It is now clear that the usage of cellphones is banned and clients must not be faced with this challenge when they seek services at the Department of Home Affairs."  The department assured the committee it was reviewing policy on this issue to "strengthen it".  Chauke welcomed this as a constructive step.

  • Read Jenna Etheridge’s report on this story in full at News24
  • Read Parliament’s press statement on this matter at Parliament News

See too, Minister visits home affairs employee whose name went viral after she assisted clients after hours, at News24


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