Question NW1206 to the Minister of Home Affairs

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17 May 2021 - NW1206

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the Inter-Ministerial Committee he chairs jointly with the Minister of Employment and Labour, what (a) progress has been made with regard to a review of complaints from citizens that many sectors such as the trucking, hospitality, beauty, security and delivery prefer to employ foreign nationals only, (b) is the long-term plan with regard to the special permits that were issued to the nationals of Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Angola and (c) is the vision and mission of the specified Inter-Ministerial Committee?


a. After looking at the sectors mentioned by the honourable member, it was agreed that there needs to be an act that provide for quotas for nationals v/s non-nationals in those sectors. The officials have been tasked with a job to develop a bill to that effect.

b. For now they are being renewed until such time that the asylum seeker backlog has been cleared. Then a decision will be made. Remember that these permits were a results of the backlog which DHA could not handle.

c. The aim of the inter-ministerial committee is to advise Cabinet on what to do with the issue of migration seeing that most of the people asking for asylum are in fact just economic migrants.


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