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11 Jun 2015 15:37
Home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)
With tourism specialists calling the new visa regulations confusing and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry labelling them “economic sabotage”, Cabinet
has resolved to set up a team of ministers from the security and economic
clusters to address the “unintended
consequences” of the rules.
Launched on June 1, the regulations
mean children will need an unabridged
birth certificate as well as a passport when leaving or entering the country.
In a statement on Thursday
after their fortnightly meeting, Cabinet said it had been apprised of the
implementation of the recent amendments to the immigration legislation and had noted the views expressed by
order to hear these views, Cabinet has resolved to set up a team of ministers
from both the economic and security clusters.
In addition to
the documents, both parents must provide consent for their child or children to
travel. If the father did not acknowledge paternity, his consent will not be
needed. If both parents’ names are entered on the unabridged birth certificate,
then the child would not be able to travel without consent from both parents.
regulations came into effect, organisations have come out strongly against
them, with the Democratic Alliance calling for a full-scale review.
Cabinet said the inter-ministerial committee on migration
would also continue its work, which “will assist to provide synergy between
migration and our laws”.
Cabinet also approved a turnaround strategy for the South
African Post Office, and said a new business model was being developed to reduce the reliance on the mail business and move
towards a more balanced revenue mix.
The embattled National
Prosecutor’s Office was also discussed, with Cabinet expressing its confidence
in the NPA “to effectively execute its duties as mandated by
our Constitution despite the recent change in its leadership. The NPA remains
steadfast in its work, and has the relevant structures and systems in place to
continue to promote a crime-free society.”
The National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana stepped down on May 31 after reaching a settlement with President Jacob Zuma.
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