The Department of Home Affairs has established that over 90% of its offices are not operating today, Saturday, 24 June 2017 due to insufficient staff numbers that turned up to work as part of the settlement agreement with the Unions.

The Department wishes to take this opportunity to apologise to the public for the inconvenience caused and put it on record that it is disappointed by these developments as they are not in line with the spirit of the agreement and the resolutions of discussions that took place up to yesterday, 23 June 2017.

In this regard, the Department is appealing to the Union Leadership to prioritise resolving this matter urgently as agreed with the Unions during negotiations. The Public Service Commission, the Unions and the Department believes quality service delivery to our people is of utmost importance in line with our values.

We are hopeful this matter will be resolved amicably soon because the public deserves a better service from all of us.

Issued by the Department of Home Affairs