Call for ban on cell phones at Home Affairs

Call for ban on cell phones at Home Affairs

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs is calling for officials working front of house, to be banned from using their cell phones, while they're on duty.

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Visits to the department's offices have become synonymous with long queues and lengthy delays.

And committee chairperson Hlomani Chauke says it's unacceptable to have officials sitting on their cell phones, to the inconvenience of the members of the public they're supposed to be serving.

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"It is a problem that members of the public will always condemn and criticize. We have identified that there is a need for a total ban on cell phones because the reality is that members of the public are sick and tired of spending days standing in the sun or in the rain while these officials are busy on their cell phones," he says.

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