Please use my ‘crit­i­cal skills’, SA

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

The con­sti­tu­tion of South Africa states “pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion must be gov­erned by the demo­cratic val­ues and prin­ci­ples en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion… a high stan­dard of pro­fes­sional ethics must be pro­moted and main­tained… trans­parency must be fos­tered by pro­vid­ing the pub­lic with timely, ac­ces­si­ble and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion… (and that) every­one has the right to ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion that is law­ful, rea­son­able and pro­ce­du­rally fair.”

Two in­stances of sloppy ad­min­is­tra­tion do not, I think, meet these cri­te­ria.

I also have a strong con­cern that the only re­dress open to me is to ap­peal – to the very same set of peo­ple who made the er­rors.

There is no “in­de­pen­dent tri­bunal” or sim­i­lar process in place for Home Af­fairs and no process in place to deal swiftly with clear ad­min­is­tra­tive er­rors. What about a cam­paign for a Home Af­fairs Om­buds­man scheme?

I have been “in contact” with the min­is­ter since re­ceipt of the re­jec­tion for a type of visa for which I did

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.