Revamped Marabastad refugee centre gets automated

President Jacob Zuma will open the revamped refugee centre in Pretoria, now named after struggle stalwart and retired Anglican bishop, Desmond Tutu.

Department of Home Affairs director general, Mkuseli Apleni, says people will now be able to make appointments to ensure that everyone receives help when seeking services from the centre.

Apleni says the new automated system will ease administration processes and eliminate corruption.

It's named after our legend Desmond Tutu that is going to inspire our staff members to behave in a particular way when we treat asylum seekers and refugees, we need to do that in humane manner. It's not about launching a building but a concept.

Mkuseli Apleni, Department of Home Affairs director general

Once you automate and everything is done online then it prevents all these issues of corruption.

Mkuseli Apleni, Department of Home Affairs director general

We deal with the issues of corruption any where, but this is going to be helpful because there is jumping of cues now. Everything is managed through automation. And the plus [side] of it is that we take fingerprints.

Mkuseli Apleni, Department of Home Affairs director general

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