The Director General of the Department of the Interior: Infrastructure Management (IS) has been dismissed for gross negligence and gross dereliction of duty.

According to a statement from the department, Simphiwe Hlofe was responsible for aspects of information technology (IT) that include network outages (offline), system downtime and IT capabilities affecting the department’s overall performance.

The statement also shows that Hlophe approved SITA’s invoice, which included services not provided, and authorized other expenses under a letter of credit issued by SITA, and purchased routers and switches that remained in storage and were not deployed after he stated that they were.

“The sanction was issued and served on Mr Hlofa on 19 August 2022. The department has often experienced system instability which has had a negative impact on the delivery of services in the first place.

“The Department’s service delivery charter depends on a stable platform of IT infrastructure, networks and operating systems to perform its functions effectively, ensuring a sustainable and reliable service capability for our offices in the first place.

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“The failure of a senior manager to monitor and perform these functions is a serious breach of conduct and should not be tolerated.” – says the statement.

The Home Office also said that the senior management of the department should be aware of the consequences of certifying unauthorized payments between the department and third parties as it is a serious and punishable offence.

Financial Management Act, and responsibility for ensuring that certified payments fully represent services rendered and serve the interests of the Department rests with the Senior Manager.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Matsoaledi said: “We are on a solid path towards clean governance and improved service delivery. All employees are responsible for the department’s activities. Responsibility for the fulfillment of assigned duties is absolutely important.”

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