Team to mull ‘consequences’ of new visa laws

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 different sectors.

“In order to hear these views, Cabinet has resolved to set up a team of ministers from both the economic and security clusters. The team is expected to discuss and engage with the concerns with the aim of finding ways to address the unintended consequences brought about by the implementation of these regulations. This team will be convened by [home affairs] minister Malusi Gigaba,” Cabinet said in a statement.  

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.

Since the 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.


These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Advertising

Zuma turns on judiciary as trial nears

Former president says pre-trial correspondence is part of another plot

High court declares Dudu Myeni delinquent

Disgraced former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni has been declared a delinquent director by the...

SANDF inquiry clears soldiers of the death of Collins Khosa

The board of inquiry also found that it was Khosa and his brother-in-law Thabiso Muvhango who caused the altercation with the defence force members

Lockdown relief scheme payouts to employees tops R14-billion

Now employers and employees can apply to the Unemployment Insurance Fund for relief scheme payments
Advertising

Press Releases

Obituary: Mohammed Tikly

His legacy will live on in the vision he shared for a brighter more socially just future, in which racism and discrimination are things of the past

Openview, now powered by two million homes

The future of free-to-air satellite TV is celebrating having two million viewers by giving away two homes worth R2-million

Road to recovery for the tourism sector: The South African perspective

The best-case scenario is that South Africa's tourism sector’s recovery will only begin in earnest towards the end of this year

What Africa can learn from Cuba in combating the Covid-19 pandemic

Africa should abandon the neoliberal path to be able to deal with Covid-19 and other health system challenges likely to emerge in future

Coexisting with Covid-19: Saving lives and the economy in India

A staggered exit from the lockdown accompanied by stepped-up testing to cover every district is necessary for India right now

Covid-19: Eased lockdown and rule of law Webinar

If you are arrested and fined in lockdown, you do get a criminal record if you pay the admission of guilt fine

Covid-19 and Frontline Workers

Who is caring for the healthcare workers? 'Working together is how we are going to get through this. It’s not just a marathon, it’s a relay'.

PPS webinar Part 2: Small business, big risk

The risks that businesses face and how they can be dealt with are something all business owners should be well acquainted with

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday