Schreiber Vows to End Long Queues at Home Affairs, Netizens Approve

Schreiber Vows to End Long Queues at Home Affairs, Netizens Approve

  • Minister of Home Affairs Leon Schreiber has vowed to end offline systems and long queues at Home Affairs offices, acknowledging the frustration caused by system outages
  • Schreiber's pledge has been met with mixed reactions on social media, with some expressing support and others raising concerns about related issues like illegal immigration
  • He emphasised that "system offline" should become unacceptable, aiming for a more efficient and reliable service

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Reitumetse Makwea, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Pretoria, South Africa, has covered local elections, policy changes, the State of the Nation Address and political news at The Citizen and Rekord Noweto for over five years.

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Minister of Home Affairs Leon Schreiber has vowed to eliminate offline systems and long queues at Home Affairs offices, addressing citizens' frustration. Image: Image: Luba Lesolle.
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Minister of Home Affairs Leon Schreiber has pledged to end the offline systems and long queues that have become the bane of South Africans visiting Home Affairs offices nationwide.

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Schreiber acknowledged the frustration citizens face who often take time off work only to be met with the dreaded announcement that the “system is offline,” forcing them to return another day.

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“System Offline” no more

The phrase “system offline” has become synonymous with inefficiency and wasted time for many South Africans.

According to The Citizen News, Schreiber stated unequivocally that this is unacceptable.

“‘System offline’ needs to become a swear word. It is not acceptable. I know we often make jokes about it. South Africans are very good at dealing with these kinds of things by making jokes out of them. But I would like to be the minister where the ‘system is online, not offline.’”

Netizens have not been happy with the services

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South Africans have taken to social media to share their experiences and express their hopes following Schreiber's vow.

@smith_tshepi commented:

“I once spent three days at HM because of a system failure.”

@BafanaSurprise said:

“We are taking notes , now we know how to get quality service.”

@kelvin92731413 applauded Scheiber:

“Keep doing Well Minister ”

@kabatebate shared the same sentiments as Kelvin:

“Good job, @Leon_Schreib. Please ignore the negative tweets. Twitter, or X, as we now call it, is not reality. If it were reality, then there would be no GNU, and parties like PA would have won the election with a majority.”

However, @MmQwashu wanted to know:

“How will you address illegal immigration issues? What is your view on the deportation of illegal immigrants?”

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Reitumetse Makwea (Editor) Reitumetse Makwea is a Current Affairs journalist at Briefly News. She has a National diploma, Advanced diploma and Post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology. She first worked as a student journalist and freelancer for Caxton's Record Noweto and later joined The Citizen News, where she worked for a little over 3 years covering politics, environmental news, business, education, and health. Reitumetse joined Briefly News in 2024. Email: