Questions and Replies

13 August 2019 - NW277

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) total amount is budgeted for his private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a)    Total amount budgeted for the private office of the Minister for the 2019/20 financial year as on 1 April 2019:

  

2019/20 FY (1 APRIL 2019)

 

R'000

Minister’s Compensation of Employees (CoE)

2 529

Minister’s Office CoE

10 725

Ministry Goods and Services

9 536

Grand Total

22 790

(b)(i)    Total remuneration Ministry budget for 2019/20 = R13, 254 million (R2, 529 million + R10, 725 million).

(b)(ii-v) The table below details employees appointed since I took office in May 2019.

(b)(i)

(b)(ii)

(b)(iii)

(b)(iv)

(b)(v)

TOTAL ANNUAL REMUNERATION

SALARY LEVEL

POST JOB TITLE DESCRIPTION

QUALIFICATION

JOB DESCRIPTION

R1 189 338 PER ANNUM PLUS R7035.00 PER MONTH ROLE-PLAYING ALLOWANCE

14

CHIEF OF STAFF: MINISTRY

POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT (CORPORATE GOVERNANCE)

Annexure A

R1 035 450 PER ANNUM

13

PARLIAMENTARY AND CABINET SUPPORT

B EDUCATION

Annexure B

R936 177 PER ANNUM

11

CABINET AND PARLIAMENTARY OFFICER

B ADMINISTRATION

Annexure C

R178 965 PER ANNUM PLUS R1600.00 PER MONTH ROLE-PLAYING ALLOWANCE

5

DRIVER/MESSENGER

SENIOR CERTIFICATE

Annexure D

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05 August 2019 - NW414

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What is the current outstanding number of identity documents (IDs) to be collected from his department by citizens; (2) Are any IDs being destroyed by his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the reasons; (3) What is the current quantity of documents earmarked for distribution by his department around the Republic in each of the nine provinces; (4) Whether he has found that the collection of IDs in each province is satisfactory; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) Whether there is any delay in the collection of IDs; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1386E

Reply:

1. Currently there are 389 574 uncollected ID documents.

2. Yes, the ID’s are being destroyed by the Department, if the client was issued with a new ID or the client is deceased.

3. Currently ± 15 000 ID documents are distributed per day.

4. Not Satisfactory. The Department has dedicated counters for collection however clients delay to collect their ID documents after receiving the SMS notification.

5. Yes, there are delays in the collections of ID documents. Clients are not collecting their ID documents immediately after they receive the SMS notification that the ID document is ready for collection.

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05 August 2019 - NW254

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether he has been informed of any serious delays in the application of SA passports and other documentation at the Office for the Department of Home Affairs at consulates abroad; if so, what measures (a) have been put in place to reduce the delays and (b) will be put in place to ensure that his department and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation work together effectively to resolve the issues?

Reply:

a) The turnaround time for applications abroad is up to six (6) months as the Department (DHA) has a co-dependency on involvement of third parties, i.e. Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) for receipt inland and dispatching abroad of government documents including passport applications, through diplomatic bags which in itself is a controlled procedure that DIRCO administrates for all Government Departments.

The application process is thereby manual and non-automated, and entails the verification of citizenship which is a separately managed process and over and above, the fingerprint verification process should also transpire which may result in further delays, should the application be rejected due to the poor quality of fingerprints taken abroad.

In order to address the situation, the responsible support and line function units of DHA and DIRCO: Consular Services have created a stakeholder forum to find efficient solutions and redress the situation. This entails specific officials being assigned to receive lists of outstanding applications and then to liaise with the line function officials for processing and feedback to the Diplomatic Missions abroad.

b) The Department is looking into a permanent solution through its Modernisation Programme to ensure that applications made abroad or domestically can be captured and transferred electronically. This would substantially reduce dependency on manual, time consuming processes presently being applied.

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05 August 2019 - NW317

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Mr J J Mcgluva (DA)) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What plans does he have in place to address the (a) insufficient capacity at the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre, (b) continued inability of the State Information Technology Agency that has led to endless network and power down times including excessive long lines and (c) issuing of identity documents on weekends?

Reply:

(a) Due to budget cuts, the Department has not been in a position to fill vacant posts. The Department is, however, in the process of prioritising the filling of critical positions, which when filled, will aid in the reduction of interaction volumes in the Contact Centre.

The implementation of the modernisation strategies at both Front and Back Offices will further reduce Contact Centre volumes, thereby improving efficiency.

To ensure that the current resources are utilised efficiently, the Department reviewed the performance standards and introduced performance measures that will guarantee that production time is utilised optimally. Coupled with this, we enhanced the Contact Centre systems to allow visibility into staff daily activities. This assists management to better manage productivity.

To further increase accessibility to the public, the Contact Centre operates on a shift system, with the working hours being 07h30 to 17h30 on week days and 08h00 to 12h00 on Saturdays.

b) A comprehensive assessment was done by SITA in the last financial year and produced a new network architecture and implementation plan which will provide a fully redundant and high availability network throughout the DHA footprint. DHA has also rolled out power generators in modernised offices to provide alternative power supply during outages or load shedding.

c) The Department is addressing the issuing of identity documents on weekends through its various heads of offices that on voluntary basis, arrange with communities to open offices on weekends as well as during holidays. However, this is not sustainable and as it depends on the volunteerism.

The Department engaged organised labour on working hours at the Departmental Bargaining Chamber with a view to ensure service delivery is not affected and that our offices open on weekends. Work performance over weekends however requires payment of overtime as the staff is not prepared to work ‘voluntarily’ after completing their 40-hour work week, i.e. Mondays to Fridays.

In order to normalise the environment and to ensure our offices open on Saturdays or weekends, the Department is to re-open negotiations with organised labour as well as the Department of Public Service Administration (DPSA), to allow work on weekends through the introduction of a shift system or alternatively performance of remunerated overtime. This will assist clients who find themselves not able to visit DHA offices during the week, to access services on weekends. However due to the current financial constraints in the Department, it is currently not feasible to pay for the performance of remunerated overtime over weekends.

The Department will however explore possibilities of using alternative channels for collection of enabling documents over weekends.

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05 August 2019 - NW379

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) is the planned date for the reopening of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO) and (b)(i) steps have been completed to date to reopen the CTRRO, (ii) delays have caused his department to miss the court deadline, (iii) remaining steps need to be taken to reopen the CTRRO and (iv) interim measures have been put in place to allow new asylum seekers arriving in Cape Town to apply for asylum?

Reply:

(a) The date for the re-opening of the CTRRO is dependent on the finalisation of the lease agreement with the prospective landlord and the related project plan for refurbishment.

(b)(i) Department of Public Works (DPW) and Department of Home Affairs (DHA) have signed the lease contract, awaiting same concurrence with the prospective landlord.

(b)(ii) DPW procurement requirements in acquiring office accommodation have caused DHA to miss the court deadline.

(b)(iii) The concurrence of the prospective landlord on the agreement and the development of the project plan for new office accommodation.

(b)(iv) Applicants who are dependants of existing clients are allowed to apply Cape Town, whilst rest of new applicants are encouraged to apply as they enter the Republic in Refugee Offices closer to northern ports of entries as majority of applicants enter through those ports.

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05 August 2019 - NW381

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What actions were taken by his department to provide services in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape since it stopped sending mobile units to those areas, (b) why do mobile units no longer operate in these areas and (c) what steps will his department take to address this issue as a matter of urgency?

Reply:

a) The Department adopted a multi-channel strategy in order to meet the service delivery needs of the citizens. This includes physical offices, mobile units and online services. The Department also has partnerships with the Department of Health for registration of birth in the hospitals. In the Eastern Cape rural areas, the Department has a total of 43 offices of which 15 are modernised to issue Smart ID cards and new passports. Over and above the 43 offices, the Department has service points in 37 health facilities for registration of birth and death located in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape. The mobile units serve as a complementary channel not as the main channel.

b) The mobile units are not operating nationwide, not just in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape. The reason for halting of the mobile units programmes is that, with the old mobile fleet being over seven (7) years on the roads, and about 54 of the units being economically irreparable, the Department is in the process of refurbishing the existing 61 trucks, and has procured additional 38 trucks to add to the total fleet. The Mobile solution was designed and tested during 2018/19 financial year and declared successful after testing and the units are used for outreach programmes while awaiting the contract for uninterruptable network solution to be finalised. The mobile units will be deployed in the hard to reach areas across the country; including the Eastern Cape once the modernisation process is concluded.

c) As indicated above, mobile units are in the process of being modernised and refurbished, and will be deployed once they are ready. However, the population of Eastern Cape has 59 physical offices located in various parts of the province to service the needs of population.

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24 July 2019 - NW233

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)How are the cruise ships that are docking on the South African shores being accommodated to ensure that the processing of passengers is efficiently, effectively and speedily handled with minimal inconvenience to passengers; (2) which ports (a) have and (b) do not have functioning Home Affairs offices for the purpose of processing passengers; (3) (a) how are passengers being processed in the cases where there are no Home Affairs offices, (b) what is being done to establish a Home Affairs presence at the specified ports and (c) what are the time frames and deadlines in this regard respectively?

Reply:

(1) Cruise liners that are visiting our shores are an important revenue generator and contributor to economy of the country in general and the relevant Provinces in particular. It is for this reason that the designated maritime ports that deals with passenger liners are well prepared to facilitate passengers. The facilitation of passengers commenced with a joint planning session way in advance as soon as notification or a schedule is received from shipping agents. The planning session comprises of all the relevant border law enforcement entities that include immigration; customs; policing; agricultural, plant and animal inspections as well as port health. The planning sessions culminate in a comprehensive operational plan that is discussed with the shipping agent to ensure that all movements are efficient and seamless. In the event where passenger liners arrive with large number of visitors, additional Immigration staff are deployed for the period of clearance in order to ensure that processing of travellers are speedily done. It should be noted that not all eight maritime ports are designated for passenger clearance.

(2) (a) The following maritime ports are designated to clear passengers:

i. Richardsbay Port of Entry

ii. Durban Port of Entry

iii. East London Port of Entry

iv. Port Elizabeth Port of Entry

v. Cape Town Harbour

(b) The remaining Maritime Ports of Entry do not provide passenger clearance services as it has been designated for either crew changes or bulk goods and include the following:

i. Mosselbay

ii. Port of Ngqura

iii. Saldanhabay

(3) (a) All ports designated for passenger clearance either have permanent staff or services are provided from ports or Home Affairs offices where permanent staff is based. Advanced planning and engagements are done when services are needed.

(b) Permanent staff will be appointed when funding becomes available for the filling of posts.

(c) The timeframes and deadlines are unknown considering the current austerity measures implemented by National Treasury.

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24 July 2019 - NW97

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

(a) What number of cases with regard to corruption in his department involving officials marrying South African citizens to foreign nationals with the aim of securing citizenship and/or permanent residency (i) have been reported, (ii) are currently being investigated internally by his department and (iii) have been resolved, (b) what number of officials of his department have been charged criminally for the specified crimes against the State and (c) what plans will he put in place to combat this issue status?

Reply:

(a)(i) Between 2015 and 2019, a total of 84 fraudulent marriage related cases involving officials alleged to have been involved in marrying citizens to foreign nationals were reported to the Counter Corruption Unit.

(a)(ii) 9 of these cases are currently being investigated internally.

(a)(iii) 59 cases have been resolved.

(b) 16 cases have been referred for disciplinary proceedings.

(c) The Department has a Counter Corruption & Security Branch responsible for fraud and corruption prevention and eradication. Moreover, in terms of the Departments’ Information Security Policy, all users responsible for capturing and registering marriages on the National Population Register system within the domain of the organisation, are assigned with biometric fingerprint authentication, to hold users liable for fraudulent activities detected and information stored digitally, at any point in the Department systems.

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24 July 2019 - NW172

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) Whether, with reference to the fines that are imposed on airlines for bringing illegal foreigners to the Republic, his department will provide a breakdown of what total amount is owed by each airline in unpaid fines; (2) (a) what amount in fines is owed (i) for each person and (ii) by each airline and (b) since what date has the specified amounts been outstanding; (3) whether his department has made any arrangements with regard to any airline that is in arrears; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether his department has taken any action against any airline that is in arrears; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Yes, conveyance fines are issued to airlines where such contraventions occur.

(2)(a-b) The breakdown of the fines, from highest to lowest, is contained in the table below:

Conveyor

Value of fines issued 50(3) for 2017/18

Value of fines issued 2016/17

EMIRATES AIRLINE

6 960 000,00

2 670 000,00

SAA

4 440 000,00

2 160 000,00

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE

4 095 000,00

1 665 000,00

KENYA AIRLINE

2 340 000,00

390 000

BRITISH AIRWAYS

1 350 000,00

975 000

QATAR AIRLINE

1 335 000,00

435 000

RWANDA AIRLINE

1 215 000,00

225 000

ETIHAD AIRLINE

825 000,00

285 000

Further detail in respect of the fines cannot be provided due to current challenges with the revenue management reconciliation mechanism. The Department is engaging the National Treasury with a view to implement improved measures, systems and revenue management (reconciliation) mechanism.

(3) No arrangements have been made with regards to the “arrears” as fines are not regarded as debt. National Treasury indicated in a letter dated 15 May 2018 that fines are not regarded as debt or revenue due to the Department since it is not money outstanding in respect of products or services rendered.

(4) No.

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24 July 2019 - NW253

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether there is any (a) office or (b) mobile office service for the residents in Ward 79800043 in Gauteng; if not, why not; if so, (i) what are the relevant details and (ii) which office of the Department of Home Affairs in Gauteng is the closest to serve the people of the specified ward?

Reply:

Ward 79800043 in question is Meadowlands residential area, within the City of Johannesburg municipality district, Gauteng Province.

a) Yes, the Department has four (4) offices, namely the Dobsonville, Orlando, Roodepoort and Maponya Mall offices, which are all within a radius of 10 km of Ward 79800043 in Gauteng and are servicing the residents thereof. In line with the current geographical access norms, the travel distance to a Home Affairs office in Gauteng is 25km. The population in question is therefore covered in terms of the Department’s norms and standards.

b) No.

(i) Contact details of the offices are provided below for ease of reference:

Name of the Office

Adress

Office Manager

Services rendered

Contact Details

Soweto

11902 Kumalo Main Rd & Armitage St, Orlando West, Soweto, 1804

Pearl Poto

Smart Cards, Passports, Births, marriages and deaths

0119365666 072 610 0562

Dobsonville

Luthuli St, Dobsonville, Johannesburg, 1863

Pearl Poto

Births, marriages and deaths only.

0119365666 072 610 0562

Roodepoort

127 Albertina Sisulu Rd, Roodepoort, Johannesburg, 1724

Lingile Afrika

Smart Cards, Passports, Births, marriages and deaths

011 279 7300 072 611 7091

Maponya Mall

Shop 368,Chris Hani Road,Maponya Mall, SOWETO

Ruth Nthathe

Smart Cards, Passports, Births, marriages and deaths

072 919 9586

011 938 3296

(ii) The Orlando office is closest to serve residents of this ward as it is within a radius of 4 km and covers both the eastern and western side of Meadowlands. Dobsonville Home Affairs office is approximately 4 to 5km away and Maponya Mall office is approximately 7 Km away. The distance from Roodepoort Home Affairs office to the mentioned ward is at the most 10km.

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17 July 2019 - NW138

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

In light of his statement that he intends to revamp the Department of Home Affairs, what steps does he intend taking to address (a) long queues at Home Affairs offices, (b) the effectiveness of the Home Affairs IT systems which are often offline and (c) the country’s porous borders that have led to the mass influx of undocumented illegal migrants?

Reply:

a) In order to address long queues, the department has partnered with several stakeholders including, Government Communication and Information Services (GCIS) wherein causes of long queues were identified and the following strategies are to be implemented:

  • Continue to increase the footprint through e-channel, mobile offices, roll-out additional modernised offices to ultimately phase out the manual process, come up with kiosk counters (in future) and lastly consider a booking system at local offices.
  • re-open negotiations with organised labour as well as DPSA to allow the department to work on Saturdays through the introduction of a shift system as this will assist in reducing queues as most clients found themselves not able to visit DHA offices during the week.
  • Engage with SITA and other role-players to continue with the stabilization of the IT system. In addition, the department will improve system functionality through the introduction of an “offline” mode facility which will continue rendering services to clients even if the system is offline and
  • the department is in the process of prioritising filling of critical positions even though the department has not been in a position to fill vacant posts due to budget cuts.

b) The department is on a journey to modernise all the back end legacy systems and automate all front end processes to issue vital documents. To date the department has automated front end processes of issuing IDs, Passports, Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates. The system development programme is ongoing and back end legacy systems are still to be completed to ensure full integration rather than the current multiple interfaces which are not ideal and causes intermittent downtimes.

The network infrastructure in which all the DHA systems run on is provided for by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and is often a cause of system downtime. A comprehensive assessment was done by SITA in the last financial year and produced a new network architecture and implementation plan which will provide a fully redundant and high availability network throughout the DHA footprint.

(c) The department has been mandated by Cabinet to establish the Border Management Authority (BMA) as a strategic intervention aimed at circumventing the challenges which prevail in the border environment that enable illegal migrants access into the country. As Parliament is aware, the BMA Bill is presently in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The intention is to fast-track this Bill for finalisation in 2019.

In the short-term, the BMA Project Management Office (PMO) in the Department of Home Affairs is responsible for the coordination and management of organs of state in the border environment. In this regard 17 Directors-General/Accounting Officers have signed a Multi-Party Agreement on Enhanced Border Coordination.

 

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17 July 2019 - NW122

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether any persons whose asylum application was rejected due to fraudulent documents were arrested in each of the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any of the specified persons were assisted by his department to reapply for asylum; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. There is no person whose asylum application was rejected due to fraudulent documents was ever arrested in each of the past five years. In terms of Section 24 (3) of the Refugees Act 1998 (Act 108 of 1998) the Refugee Status Determination Officer (RSDO) must at the conclusion of the hearing either grant asylum, or reject the application as manifestly unfounded, abusive or fraudulent or reject such application as unfounded.

Section 1(xi) of the Refugees Act 1998 defines a fraudulent application for asylum as meaning an application for asylum based without reasonable cause on facts, information, documents or representations which the applicant knows to be false and which facts, information, documents or representations are intended to materially affect the outcome of the application.

Therefore decisions are taken on the basis of the adjudication of the asylum claim which may contain documents which the applicant knows to be false and which documents are intended to materially affect the outcome of the application. Fraudulent decisions like manifestly unfounded or abusive are referred to Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs (SCRA) for automatically review. In the event such decision are upheld by SCRA, such applicant is then referred to Inspectorate for deportation.

2. It must be noted that any of the specified persons are finally rejected by SCRA, they are still at liberty to approach the courts for a judicial review if they so wish to do so.

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17 July 2019 - NW139

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

What steps does he intend to take to deal with the perceived rampant and endemic corruption within his department which often leads to fraudulent documents being issued, putting at risk the integrity of the entire home affairs system, as well as the security of the State?

Reply:

The Department has a Branch, Counter Corruption & Security Services which is mandated to prevent and combat fraud and corruption as well as to promote organisational integrity within the DHA. Because people who commit fraud and corruption are motivated by a number of things, the Prevention Unit of the Branch undertakes awareness interventions aimed at educating officials about fraud, corruption and the negative consequences thereof through awareness initiatives that also promote ethical behaviour.

At the same time, wrongdoing needs to be addressed hence reported allegations of fraud and corruption involving officials are investigated. Once the allegations have been proved to be true through investigations, the matter is referred to Labour Relations for instituting of disciplinary against implicated officials. Line function managers are informed of methods used to commit fraud and corruption that are uncovered during investigation so that these can be addressed.

The Unit also undertakes the following proactive measures in its fight against fraud and corruption by officials:

  • Evaluation of Departmental processes in order to identify gaps that may contribute to fraud and corruption. Recommendations thereof are then sent to the relevant Branches for implementation, i.e. close the gaps.
  • Two processes are earmarked for the current financial year, Ports of Entry as well as Passports.
  • Vetting investigation of officials in order to determine their security competence in relation to the grading of their posts.
  • Threat and Risk Assessments are undertaken in line with the Minimum Physical Security Standards as well Minimum Information Security Standards. This is to ensure that our facilities and document management are in compliance with prescripts. Recommendations from these exercises are referred to the relevant office managers for implementation.

The Department also launched Operation Bvisa Masina (Weeding out the rot), which is a collaboration with other Law Enforcement Agencies in fighting fraud and prevention. During the previous financial year, 17 officials and 12 non-officials were arrested as a result of this Operation.

The Department is also working at integrating its systems as the non-integrated systems have been flagged as contributing factors to fraud and corruption.

 

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08 July 2019 - NW121

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) What are the basic requirements for asylum seekers to obtain a waiver certificate; (2) whether any personnel and/or agency is appointed to guide asylum seekers who want to legalise their stay in the Republic; if not, whether he will consider appointing such personnel and/or agency; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he can provide a detailed list of (a) the number of asylum centres and its addresses and contact details that currently exist in the Republic, (b) any and/or reasonable shelters that were erected and/or provided for asylum seekers by her department, (c) the number of asylum seekers and/or residency permit holders who have received full birth certificates and (d) asylum applications being rejected due to fraudulent documents; (4) whether any security personnel is provided at asylum centres; if so, (a) where and (b) what are the relevant details; (5) whether any difficulty in obtaining a full birth certificate for any asylum seeker has been eradicated; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The departmental legislation does not make provision for ‘waiver certificate’ as stated above. Rather, the department will issue an asylum transit visas to new asylum applicants that declare their intention to apply for asylum on arrival at designated ports of entry. The basic requirement is that a person must declare the intention to apply for asylum.

2. The department has personnel appointed at the Refugee Reception Centres for the above asked function in terms of section 8(2) that reads with section 21(1), (2) and (5) of the Refugee Act.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugee is the UN agency operating in South Africa with offices and implementing partners across the country that is also assisting new and existing asylum applicants through the asylum process. The agency is fully equipped and mandated to provide support to both clients and the department.

(3)(a) The department has five Refugee Reception Centres.

Addresses and contact details that currently exist in the Republic are as follows:

OFFICE

LOCATION

CENTRE MANAGER

CONTACT DETAILS

Cape Town Refugee Reception Office

5th Floor, Custom House, Corner Heerengracht & Table Boulevard Streets, Cape Town

Akos Essel

Phone: 021 421 9173 / 9200

Mobile:

Email: Akos.Essel@dha.gov.za

Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office

Corner Eskia Mphahlele & Struben Streets, Pretoria

Bangwalang Chiloane

Phone: 012 395 4174 / 4000 

Email: Bangwalang.Chiloane@dha.gov.za

Durban Refugee Reception Office

137 Che Guevara Street, Durban

Naleen Balgobind

Phone: 031 362 1201

Mobile:

Email: Naleen.Balgobind@dha.gov.za

Musina Refugee Reception Office

8 Harold Grenfel Street, Musina

Jimmy Malemela

Phone: 015 534 5300
Mobile: 083 852 0104

Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office

10A Gidbaud Road, Sydenham, Lakeside

Sabelo Ngxitho

Phone: 041 404 8361/ 3

Mobile:

Email Sabelo.Ngxitho@dha.gov.za

(3)(b) The department does not provide shelter to asylum seekers and refugees.

 

(3)(c) Asylum seekers and refugees are not issued with full birth certificates, rather a recognition of birth that must be taken to the centre for a full asylum permit.

(3)(d) This category of decision/rejection does not exist in the Refugee Act.

(4)(a) All Centres have security personnel.

(4)(b) Centres have private security in uniform 24 hours, whilst the Department’s security personnel are present during the day.

(5) There are no difficulties in registering children of asylum seekers born in South Africa. Asylum seekers are issued with recognition of birth document. It is the responsibility of the parents to take such document and submit them to the Refugee Reception Centre with immediate effect to allow their children proper registration and issuance of the asylum permit.

 

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08 July 2019 - NW72

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Pambo, Mr V to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of requests for asylum have been processed by his department in each of the past 10 financial years, (b) from which countries were the individuals whose asylum requests were granted and (c) what number of such requests is still outstanding?

Reply:

a) The total number of cases processed per year for the past 10 years (First instance adjudication):

Year

Total

2009

157 204

2010

77 071

2011

43 953

2012

63 228

2013

68 241

2014

75 733

2015

60 640

2016

41 241

2017

27 980

2018

18 104

b) The cases granted for the past 10 years per country according to the Departmental system is as below:

Country

Total

Somalia

36512

DRC

25953

Ethiopia

18022

Congo

4859

Zimbabwe

3432

Burundi

2774

Angola

2365

Eritrea

2096

Rwanda

1416

Bangladesh

563

Uganda

443

Cameroon

368

Kenya

143

Sudan

134

Zambia

69

Liberia

51

Syria

47

Palestine

41

Ivory Coast

37

Tanzania

32

Pakistan

28

Sierra Leone

19

Sri Lanka

15

Iraq

15

Russia

13

Togo

12

Nigeria

11

Ghana

11

Solomon Islands

10

Malawi

9

Swaziland

7

Central African Republic

7

Ukraine

7

Turkey

6

Egypt

6

Mali

6

India

6

Afghanistan

5

Other

5

Morocco

4

Estonia

4

Namibia

4

Yemen

3

Mozambique

3

Bulgaria

3

Myanmar (Burma)

3

Lebanon

3

Niger

3

Iran

3

Seychelles

3

China

2

Macau

2

Bahamas

2

Jordan

2

Gabon

2

Saint Kitts and Nevis

2

Comoros

2

Benin

2

Lesotho

2

Kyrgyzstan

1

Guinea Bissau

1

East Timor

1

Poland

1

Colombia

1

Brazil

1

Senegal

1

Chad

1

Oman

1

Algeria

1

Djibouti

1

Sweden

1

Cambodia

1

Libya

1

Principality of Andorra

1

Grand Total

99624

(c) As at 31 December 2018 there were 3 534 cases still to be processed by the Refugee Status Determination Officers.

END

08 July 2019 - NW14

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

(a) How does he intend to address the undocumented, migrant crisis and (b) what number of undocumented, illegal migrants have been repatriated (i) in the past year and (ii) to which countries?

Reply:

a) The department has an inspectorate unit which combats all forms of illegal migration. Improved biometric capability and more effective co-operation with other law enforcement agencies are amongst some of the efforts being improved on to combat illegal migration and department is also finalising the Border Management Authority Bill which will seek to strengthen efforts in preventing undocumented migrants from entering South Africa.

b) Attached is the list of undocumented migrants that have been deported and the countries they have been repatriated to.

END

08 July 2019 - NW12

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

(a) What is the current total number of documented asylum seekers in the Republic and (b) from which countries are they?

Reply:

a) The total number of active asylum seekers (section 22 permit valid) as at 31 December 2018 is 184 976.

(b) They are from the following countries:

Countries

Total

Ethiopia

50135

DRC

34754

Bangladesh

27243

Zimbabwe

14861

Pakistan

9383

Congo

8626

Nigeria

6781

Burundi

6425

Uganda

4461

India

4267

Somalia

4152

Malawi

2175

Ghana

2032

Cameroon

1767

Kenya

1081

Rwanda

1015

Eritrea

978

Senegal

899

Niger

818

Mozambique

648

Tanzania

605

Zambia

264

Egypt

227

Ivory Coast

183

Algeria

167

China

126

Mali

120

Nepal

88

Liberia

70

Sudan

57

Benin

55

Lesotho

53

Guinea

52

Burkina Faso

44

Thailand

31

Togo

30

Syria

25

Comoros

23

Swaziland

17

Gabon

16

Afghanistan

16

Sierra Leone

15

Yemen

14

Bahamas

14

Sri Lanka

13

Palestine

12

Gambia

11

Guinea Bissau

10

Morocco

9

East Timor

8

Estonia

8

Angola

7

Iraq

6

Chad

6

Central African Republic

6

Jordan

6

Bahrain

5

Turkey

5

Ukraine

4

Botswana

3

Hungary

3

Mauritania

3

Other

3

Libya

3

Denmark

2

Jamaica

2

Madagascar

2

Malaysia

2

Venezuela

2

Mauritius

2

Iran

2

Solomon Islands

2

Paraguay

1

New Zealand

1

Namibia

1

Suriname

1

Azerbaijan

1

Colombia

1

Wallis and Futuna

1

Kyrgyzstan

1

Uruguay

1

Myanmar (Burma)

1

Bosnia

1

Ireland

1

Haiti

1

Russia

1

Barbados

1

Lebanon

1

Grand Total

184976

END

27 March 2019 - NW735

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What amount has the Electoral Commission spent on cyber security for the 2019 elections and (b) what human resources are allocated solely towards cyber security for the 2019 elections?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Electoral Commission as follows:

(a) The cyber security plans and operations for elections are unfolding in line with the Electoral Commission’s preparations for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. However, given the security nature of the cyber security operations and their impact on elections, the Electoral Commission is unable to disclose the requested details at this point. The Electoral Commission will be publishing these details immediately after elections as part of the statutory Election Report.

(b) same as (a) above.

27 March 2019 - NW762

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

((a) On what grounds has he found was the application of a certain person (name and details furnished) for permanent residence rejected and (b) under what conditions would his department reconsider its decision?

Reply:

I have been informed by my Department as follows:

The reference provided, PTACOD01200309, is not a source of reference used by, or within, the Department of Home Affairs. The Names and Surname provided, unaccompanied by other personal details cannot be utilised to obtain any information from the Department’s systems. Neither the Movement Control System nor the Visa Adjudication System can retrieve any permanent residence application using the information provided. As such, the Department is not able to verify such an application for Permanent Residence was ever submitted or received by Home Affairs.

It is requested that should additional information related to the application be available such as date of birth, passport number and full personal details, that such information be provided to the Department for further investigation.

27 March 2019 - NW703

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) him and/or the former minister and (ii) his deputy and/or former deputy minister (aa) in the (aaa) 2016-17 and (bbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

I have been informed by my Department as follows:

(a)(b)(c)(d)(i)(ii)(aa)(aaa) No Vehicles were purchased for the Minister in the 2016/2017 financial year.

(a)(b)(c)(d)(i)(aa)(bbb) (a) Lexus (b) RX 350 EX (c) R815 660.88 (d) September 2017 (bbb) 2017-18 financial year.

(a)(b)(c)(d)(i)(aa)(bbb) AUDI (b) Q7 3.0 TDi, (c) R847 676.64 (d) September 2017 (bbb) 2017-18 financial year.

a)(b)(c)(d)(ii)(aa)(bb) (a) No Vehicles were purchased for the Minister since 01 April 2018

(a)(b)(c)(d)(ii)(aa)(aaa)(bbb)(bb) No Vehicles were purchased for the Deputy Minister in the 2016/2017, 2017/2018 financial years and since 01 April 2018.

25 March 2019 - NW626

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What number of voters are registered at each voting station in the Republic?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Electoral Commission as follows:

There are 26, 774 102 million voters registered in 22 924 (twenty two thousand nine hundred and twenty four) voting stations in the Republic. The details are set out in the attachment marked as annexure A.

25 March 2019 - NW131

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Bucwa, Ms H to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

I am advised by the Department that this question was asked to the Former Minister as question 1821 of 2018. I refer the Honorable Member to the same answer.

25 March 2019 - NW568

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) are the reasons that the votes cast by South Africans living in Canada in the 2014 national election were not counted and included in the final result and (b) steps is his department taking to ensure that this does not reoccur; (2) what total number of other countries where South Africans voted were not counted in the 2014 national election; (3) What number of votes were cast by South Africans at each specified overseas voting station in the 2014 national election?

Reply:

I have been informed by the Electoral Commission as follows:

(1)(a) The ballots cast at the Toronto mission in Canada arrived in the Republic after counting of votes had been concluded and the determination of the election results finalised. The late arrival arose, in part, as a result of the delays encountered with ballot packages being cleared at the Canadian customs. In addition, the impact of the International Workers Day holiday on 1 May on the operations of courier companies caused additional delays.

(1)(b) The date for South Africans to vote by special votes abroad has been determined for 27 April 2019 in the election timetable. This means that voting abroad will take place ten (10) days before voting in the Republic and no longer seven (7) days as was the case in 2014 elections. The additional three (3) days will ensure that the cast ballots arrive in time for counting and will avoid the impact of the International Workers Day holiday. Secondly, the Electoral Commission has agreed with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on the use of diplomatic channels to transport the cast ballots. This will obviate delays related to custom clearances.

(2) Three (3) other missions out of a total of hundred and twenty one (121) missions.

(3) The ballots were not counted. For this reason the votes cast have not been determined. The numbers of approved special votes in each mission are instead provided (this does not necessarily equate to votes cast).

Canada; Toronto [267]

Cuba; Havana [395]

Democratic Republic of Congo; Lubumbashi [11]

Spain; Madrid [78]

07 March 2019 - NW347

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the undertaking of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on 21 September 2018 to drop the requirement for certain countries to hold visas in order to enter the country, (a) what are the names of the countries and (b) by what date will citizens of these countries be able to travel to the country without holding a visa?

Reply:

(a) On 25 September 2018, the Department of Home Affairs announced that discussions were taking place to conclude Visa Waiver Agreements with the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Sao Tome & Principe, Tunisia, Saharawi, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Palestine, Iran, Lebanon, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Belarus, Georgia & Cuba.

(b) Negotiations are being finalised to conclude Visa Waiver Agreements by April 2019. An Official announcement will be made in this regard once the relevant countries have been notified through Diplomatic Channels.

01 March 2019 - NW261

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What number of (a) tender briefings was held in 2018 by (i) his department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to him and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

The Department and entities responded as follows:

(i) Department of Home Affairs

  1. Twenty seven (27) tender briefings were held in 2018 by the Department of Home Affairs.
  2. Twenty five (25) specified tender briefings were compulsory

(ii) Electoral Commission

  1. The Electoral Commission held fifty-nine (59) briefing sessions.
  2. None of these briefing sessions were compulsory.

(iii) Government Printing Works

  1. Five (5) tender briefings were held.
  2. Four (4) out of the five (5) tender briefings were compulsory.

Remarks: Reply: Approved / Not Approved

Ms N Mohoboko Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

A/Director-General Minister of Home Affairs

Date: Date:

25 February 2019 - NW93

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) At which voting stations were complaints of electoral violence or intimidation made to the Electoral Commission of South Africa during the 2016 local government elections and (b) what (i) were the details and (ii) was the outcome in each case?

Reply:

a) The Electoral Commission recorded twenty seven (27) reports of violence and or intimidation at or in the vicinity of voting stations during the 2016 local government elections.

b) The incidents were reported to the South African Police Service through the local operation centres for resolution. In all the twenty seven (27) reported cases the voting stations were maintained open for voting

 

25 February 2019 - NW94

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What is the name of each voting station where cases and/or complaints of malfunctioning or dysfunctional Zip-Zip Machines were received by the Electoral Commission of South Africa during the 2016 local government elections and (b) what was the outcome of each case and/or complaint?

Reply:

a) Reports of malfunctioning or dysfunctional zip-zip machines were received in 1.7% of our 22 263 voting stations during the 2016 local government elections. The analysis of the Electoral Commission is that data could not be retrieved from 393 machines. This equates to 1, 7% of the machines that were allocated to voting stations.

b) The zip–zip machine is primarily a voter registration device and as such it is not equipment that is mission critical on voting day. The machines are deployed on voting day to assist with the management of queues by providing a voter’s sequential index number on the voters’ roll and thus making it easier to locate the name of the voter on the roll.

25 February 2019 - NW92

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) (a) At which voting stations were complaints lodged against the conduct or rulings of presiding officers during the 2016 local government elections and (b) what (i) were the details and (ii) was the outcome of each complaint; (2) what (a) number of investigations were opened into the conduct or rulings of presiding officers and (b)(i) were the details and (ii) was the outcome of each investigation?

Reply:

1. (a) Two hundred and five complaints and or objections were received during the 2016 local government elections.

(i) and (ii) The complaints and or objections raised varied matters related to the operations at voting stations. Following investigations by the Electoral Commission, hundred and seventy one complaints and or objections were dismissed for want of substance. A further twenty nine were withdrawn by the complainants /objectors. One objection was sustained by the Commission.

2. (a) The Electoral Commission investigated numerous instances of conduct related to presiding officers. The conduct of one hundred and twelve officers were found to have fallen short of the exacting standards required by the Electoral Commission. These officers have been flagged on the electoral staff system to ensure that they may not be deployed in the capacity of presiding officer in future elections.

20 February 2019 - NW90

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What number of persons with citizenship of any of the other Southern African Development Community member states received South African citizenship between (a) 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 and (b) 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018?

Reply:

a) Number of persons with citizenship from SADC between 01 January 2017 and 31 December 2017:

SADC COUNTRIES

TOTAL NUMBER OF NATURALISED CITIZENS PER COUNTRY

ANGOLA

1

BOTSWANA

0

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

46

ESWATINI

16

LESOTHO

53

MADAGASCAR

0

MALAWI

16

MAURITIUS

0

MOZAMBIQUE

141

NAMIBIA

0

SEYCHELLES

0

TANZANIA

0

ZAMBIA

5

ZIMBABWE

142

b) Number of persons with citizenship from SADC between 01 January 2018 and 31 December 2018:

SADC COUNTRIES

TOTAL NUMBER OF NATURALISED CITIZENS PER COUNTRY

ANGOLA

5

BOTSWANA

6

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

89

ESWATINI

12

LESOTHO

89

MADAGASCAR

0

MALAWI

18

MAURITIUS

5

MOZAMBIQUE

160

NAMIBIA

1

SEYCHELLES

0

TANZANIA

3

ZAMBIA

14

ZIMBABWE

141

20 February 2019 - NW105

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) is the standard processing time for South Africans applying for (i) passports, (ii) identity documents and (iii) any other document issued by his department at foreign missions and (b) are the reasons for these processing times?

Reply:

a) (i) The standard processing time for South Africans applying for passports at foreign missions is six (6) months on fully completed application submission at the Mission or Embassy. Furthermore, on receipt of application at Passports Section: Head Office, it takes twenty four (24) working days to process a manual application for a passport and,

The reason for the time lines from the Missions and Embassies can be clarified by DIRCO in relation to Diplomatic Bags. However, the twenty four days on manual applications processing is due to the processes involved which includes amongst others, determination of citizenship status, capturing of application, positive identification verification and other passport processes.

(ii) The turnaround time for an ID is fifty four working days for first issues of identity documents and forty seven working days for re-issues of identity documents.

(b) The processing times for identity documents are influenced by the manual nature of the issuing process and in the case of first issues of identity documents, the turnaround time is also dependent on the submission of the prescribed supporting documents by the applicant.

(iii). The standard processing time for South Africans applying for a Births, Marriages, Deaths Certificates, amendment of personal details and application for the registration of births by South African Citizens in foreign missions is 8 weeks at Head Office however, the entire process from the time the application is lodged at the Foreign Missions is (6) Six months.

(b) The reasons for these processing times are based on the study conducted to map out how documents gets completed and processed from office of application to head office, as well as what it takes to process such applications at head office to finalise the cases.

20 December 2018 - NW3748

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to his reply to question 17 for oral reply on 15 March 2018, what (a) number of undocumented immigrants did his department deport from the country since 1 January 2018 and (b) was the total cost of deportations of undocumented immigrants?

Reply:

(a) 15 917

(b) R26,873,521.38

20 December 2018 - NW3784

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Mahlalela, Mr AF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether any plans are in place to open a boarder gate between Namaacha and Mbuzini to enable easy mobility of the surrounding communities and boost tourism potential for those areas and enable the Mozambiquen citizens to have access to the Samora Machel Memorial; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the details of the plans and (b) by what date is it envisaged that the boarder will be operational?

Reply:

The opening of a border post between Namaacha and Mbuzini has been discussed at Bi-National Commissions between South Africa and Mozambique.

As a result, Immigration officials have conducted an oversight visit to the area observing that the terrain and lack of suitable roads in the area, would significantly limit the feasibility of developing such a proposed port of entry.

For purposes of tourism the region is supported by the locality of the following ports of entry which are fully operational:

  • Mananga – approximately 60 kms
  • Lebombo – approximately 60 kms
  • Jeppe’s Reef – approximately 100 kms

During the annual commemoration of Samora Machel, special provision is made for cross-border movements by establishing a temporary crossing point that is approved by the Minister for the day of the memorial. This allows for individuals to pay their respects.

20 December 2018 - NW3754

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of Municipal Outreach Coordinators will be employed for the 2019 General Election, (b) where will they be allocated and (c) what are the minimum qualifications needed?

Reply:

(a) 282

(b) The list of where Municipal Outreach Coordinators will be allocated is attached as Annexure A.

(c) Matric/N3 plus at least three years’ work experience and/or strong community mobilisation experience (i.e. facilitation skills or ability to educate and engage audiences of varying demographic descriptions and educational levels

20 December 2018 - NW3725

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Mulaudzi, Adv TE to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the number of registered voters at each correctional facility in the country?

Reply:

The registration of persons serving custodial sentences in Correctional Centres will be conducted between 22nd and 23rd January 2019. The initiative will be undertaken with the support of the Department of Correctional Services following a cooperation agreement concluded between the two institutions.

The statistics will be available only after the referenced registration event.

20 December 2018 - NW3635

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the (a) number of applications for asylum that are outstanding from applicants who reside in Soweto and (b)(i) average delay in processing the applications and (ii) average duration of the applicants’ residence in the country in (aa) years, (bb) months and (cc) days?

Reply:

a) Since the capturing of residential addresses on the National Immigration Information System (NIIS) is currently not mandatory and the fact that asylum seekers are enjoying freedom of movement in the country, statistics on the number of applications for asylum from applicants residing in Soweto are not available.

(b)(i) There is no delay in the processing of applications by the Department (at the first instance adjudication – (refugee status determination stage). Based on cases where the application was registered in 2018 and adjudication was made, the average duration was 10 days (From 1 January 2018 to 30 September 2018).

(b)(ii) The average duration of an applicant’s residence as stipulated in the legislation is 180 days including internal appeals and reviews. However, given capacity challenges and current composition that led to backlogs at Refugee Appeal Board and Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs, it meant that the duration is extended to periods that cannot be predicted.

20 December 2018 - NW3636

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of illegal immigrants who have been residing in Soweto have been deported since 1 January 2014, (b) which countries have they been deported to and (c) what number was deported to each country in terms of (i) gender and (ii) age group?

Reply:

Below are the statistics based on the deportations undertaken by the Soweto Inspectorate Unit.

2014 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABW EANS

MALES= 226

FEMALES= 10

236

19 TO 35

MOZAMBICANS

MALES - 436

FEMALES = 04

440

21 TO 45

LESOTHO

MALES = 49

FEMALES =05

54

19 TO 38

MALAWIAN

MALES = 144

FEMALES = 03

147

20 TO 45

SWAZILAND

MALES - 0

FEMALES = 02

02

19 TO 44

CONGOLESE

MALES = 01

FEMALES =0

01

22 TO 45

NIGERIANS

MALES =01

FEMALES = 0

01

21 TO 47

GAMBIAN

MALES = 01

FEMALE = 0

01

22 TO 45

CHINESE

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

23 TO 39

INDIA

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

20 TO 44

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES FOR THE YEAR 2014 WAS = 884

 

2015 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEAN

MALES= 147

FEMALES- 12

1 59

19 TO 35

MOZAMBICAN

MALES - 277

FEMALES - 13

290

21 TO 45

LESOTHO

MALES - 74

FEMALES =27

101

19 TO 38

MALAWIAN

MALES = 155

FEMALES = 05

160

20 TO 45

NIGERIAN

MALES =03

FEMALES - 0

03

21 TO 44

UGANDAN

MALES = 04

FEMALE = 0

04

22 TO 45

CONGO

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

19 TO 35

RWANDA

MALES = 02

FEMALE =0

02

23 TO 47

SWAZILAND

MALES - 01

FEMALE =01

02

22 TO 48

CHINESE

MALES = 01

FEMALE — 01

02

23 TO 46

INDIAN

MALES =01

FEMALE = 0

01

21 TO 45

BANGLADESH

MALES = 02

FEMALES =0

02

22 TO 35

MOROCCO

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

21 TO 45

   

TOTAL = 728

DEPORTEES IN 2015

 

2016 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEANS

MALES- 45

FEMALES= 01

46

19 TO 35

MOZAMBICANS

MALES = 139

FEMALES = 01

140

21 TO 45

NIGERIA

MALES - 01

FEMALES -0

01

19 TO 38

MALAWIANS

MALES - 35

FEMALES = 03

38

20 TO 45

ZAMBIA

MALES = 03

FEMALES = 0

03

19 TO 44

BANGLADESH

MALES = 01

FEMALE =0

01

19 TO 45

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES IS

= 229 FOR 2016

 

2017 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEANS

MALES =19

FEMALES = 06

25

18 TO 39

MOZAMBICANS

MALES =45

45

19 TO 45

MALAWIANS

MALES = 16

16

18 TO 49

EGYPTIANS

MALE =01

01

21 TO 49

NIGERIANS

MALE = 01

01

19 TO 45

UGANDAN

MALE = 01

01

21 TO 48

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES IS

= 89

 

 

2018 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEANS

MALES= 10

FEMALES = 03

13

19 TO 45

ETHOPIANS

MALES = 01

01

20 TO 35

MALAWIANS

MALES = 16

16

18 TO 44

MOZAMBICANS

MALES = 09

09

19 TO 36

LESOTHOS

MALES = 04

04

19 TO 40

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES IS

= 43

 

Summary: Number of Deportees in 2014 is 884

Number of Deportees in 2015 is 728

Number of Deportees in 2016 is 229

Number of Deportees in 2017 is 89

Number of Deportees in 2018 is 43

06 November 2018 - NW3013

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What steps have been put in place to ensure the Electoral Commission of South Africa is not subjected to cyber attacks and espionage from foreign organisations and countries?

Reply:

The Question was referred to the Electoral Commission which responded as follows:

The Electoral Commission has implemented security and access control policies aimed at mitigating the risk of espionage and cyber attacks. These include the following:

  1. Access controls – Access to information is controlled and made available on a need to know basis;
  2. Security Firewalls – Implemented modern and latest security protection and monitoring systems and devices;
  3. Implemented 24*7/365 real-time monitoring of all security requirements including hacking or attempted hacking, software viruses, malware, etc.
  4. Use network segmentation to limit access;
  5. Employs and/or contracts only South African professionals in its ICT department;
  6. Occasionally commissions an independent audit of the network and data security, in addition to regular security assessment audits by the Internal Audit and the Office of AGSA;
  7. Commissions a separate parallel SOC (security operations centre) during major electoral events such as elections; and
  8. Has an added filtering later at its ISP (Internet Service Provider).

23 October 2018 - NW2817

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether he has been informed of any persons who have been restricted from obtaining the unabridged marriage certificates of their parents solely on the grounds that the parents got divorced and the unabridged marriage certificate has been locked away and cannot be accessed; if so, (2) what (a) is the reasoning behind such a restriction and (b) procedure must the affected persons follow to get the certificates?

Reply:

1. No. The Honourable Member is thereby requested to furnish information or evidence alluded to in this regard.

(2)(a) None, there are no restrictions.

(2)(b) An application form for marriage certificate (DHA 130) must be completed with the correct and relevant personal particulars (names, surname, identity number, date and place of marriage, etc.), together with a payment of seventy five rands (R75.00) which must be submitted at the nearest Home Affairs local front office. A marriage entry number and place of marriage may be required to trace some marriage records, in particular the African race group that were registered prior to 1990. The processing time for such applications is eight (8) weeks subjected to accessibility of records.

 

23 October 2018 - NW2834

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) Why has the new Home Affairs office in Sterkspruit not been opened, as community members have to travel long distances to the closest Home Affairs office due to a lack of service delivery in Sterkspruit and (b) on what date does he expect the Sterkspruit office to be opened?

Reply:

(a-b) The office could not be opened due to lack of datalines which would link the office with Head Office. The datalines have however since been installed. The office has been opened and commenced operations on 01 October 2018.

05 October 2018 - NW2683

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of applications for (i) passport, (ii) citizenship, (iii) birth certificate, (iv) refugee status and (v) identity document is his department in possession of, which it has not processed yet, (b) why have the applications not been processed in each instance and (c) on what date was each application submitted?

Reply:

(i) 1 079 Passport applications from abroad

(b) Special Investigation

Citizenship Verification

Manual Fingerprint Verification

HANIS Investigation

Manual record retrieval

(c) 2017 – Tourist Passport (Adult) 417

Travel Document (Minor) 9

426

2018 – Tourist Passport (Adult) 78

Maxi Passport 2

Travel Document (Adult) 567

Travel Document (Minor) 6

653

 

Total 1 079

 

(ii) 3 931 Citizenship applications

(b) Manual verification of permanent residence permits.

(c) A few of the applications date back to 2006. They were transferred in October 2011 to Head Office when centralisation of decisions on such applications was effected. Prior to this period, applications for citizenship were processed by office managers.

(iii) According to the National Population Register (NPR), there are 233 461 birth certificates applications that have not been processed yet. This information is derived from the NPR report dated 14/9/2018. Of these applications, 96 053 are No records cases. The department has already effected Function 170 on 96 053 applications requesting client to reconstruct a records which could not be found in the repositories. To date, these records have not been reconstructed, or are slowly being reconstructed. There is additional 10 215 missing records for clients who are already deceased and the reconstructed records have not been furnished. The remaining work in progress is 127 193 birth certificate applications.

(b) Except for the unavailable/missing/misfiled records, the department continues to retrieve available records to modify certificates for backlog applications, as well as new Birth certificate application cases. Some of these applications could not be processed as there are no records. Some birth records are either missing or hard to find. In some instances where these records are available, such records have faded to a point that it would be difficult to read the little available information. The Records Management Centre is mainly paper based. These records are susceptible to heat (fade) and are often misfiled (misfiling) due to human errors. The unit does not have sufficient human capacity to retrieve these records. The majority of officials responsible for records retrieval are old.

(c) The report on Birth Certificates applications not finalised dates from

2002/03/04 to 2018/09/14

(v) There are approximately 10,000 Smart ID card applications for documents which have not been processed at Front Offices and 12,484 applications pended by Back Office.

(b) Applications which are pended at Front Offices are due to incomplete supporting documents having been submitted by the applicants. In these instances, the Department has implemented an SMS functionality which will indicate to the applicant which outstanding documents are requested from him / her in order to process the application further and enable it to be finalised.

At Back Office, applications are pended due to slow manual retrieval of birth records for verification purposes. The Department is in the process of improving the birth record retrieval system by means of a digitization programme in conjunction with Stats SA, which will create one central, digitized source for all records.

(c) The applications which are pended at Back office dates from 2015 until 2018. There are three (03) cases in 2015, twenty-five (25) in 2016, three thousand one hundred and eighty-two (3 182) in 2017 and eight thousand six hundred and nine (8 609) in 2018. For front offices three (03) SMSs will be sent to the client of which after the third SMS an application will be cancelled and client will need to re-submit a new application.

(iv) There are 641 active cases as extracted from the National Immigration Information System on 10 September 2018.

  • Firstly, four hundred and eighty nine (489) applications from various Refugee Reception Offices are awaiting finalisation by Refugee Status Determination Officers (RSDO). The RSDO is expected to finalise these within 180 days and the delay is as the result of no shows by applicants for interviews by RSDO, and RSDO conducting further research on country of origin conditions.
  • Secondly, one hundred and fifty two (152) are applications of applicants who are now resurfacing and who approached the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office as a result of the court order in the matter between Ntumba Guella Nbaya & Others v Minister of Home Affairs case no: 6534/15 which forced the Department to extend permits of asylum seekers who applied in Refugee Reception Offices other than Cape Town. Their permits are being extended to allow officials to request their files from those offices.

18 September 2018 - NW2516

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on (i) advertising and/or (ii) communication services on the (aa) Africa News Network 7, now known as Afro Worldview and (bb) New Age newspaper, now known as Afro Voice, (aaa) in the (aaaa) 2016-17 and (bbbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bbb) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

a) Department of Home Affairs

(i)(aa) R0

(i)(bb)(aaaa) R50,944.32 on advertising in support of the 2016/17 Mkhaya Migrants Awards Call for Nominations Media Campaign.

(i)(bb)(bbbb) Not Applicable

(i)(b)(bb) Not applicable

(ii)(aa-bb) R0 spent for communication services in (aaaa), (bbbb) and (bbb).

b) Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission has not spent any moneys on (i) advertising and/or (ii) communication services on the Africa News Africa News Network 7, now known as Afro Worldview and (bb) New Age newspaper, now known as Afro Voice, (aaa) in the (aaaa) 2016-17 and (bbbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bbb) since 1 April 2018.

b) Government Printing Works

(i) None

(ii) None

(aa) None

(bb) None

(aaa) None

(aaaa) Not applicable

(bbbb) Not applicable

(bbb) Not applicable

18 September 2018 - NW2485

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) Which Home Affairs offices are (i) designated to be open on Saturdays in KwaZulu-Natal and (ii) not and (b) what are the reasons for the decision not to open the specified offices on Saturdays?

Reply:

a) (i), (ii) No offices are designated to be open on Saturdays in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and other provinces.

b) The withdrawal of working hours’ circular of 2015 on 15 June 2017 at the PSCBC led to the collapse of Saturday opening. The Department engaged organised labour on working hours at the Departmental Bargaining Chamber with a view to ensure service delivery is not affected and that our offices open on Saturday. The Department is in favour of a shift system to enable Saturday work within a 40 hour week (Monday – Saturday or Monday – Friday) but organized labour requires payment of overtime as the staff is not prepared to work ‘voluntary’ after completing their 40 hour work week Monday to Friday.

18 September 2018 - NW2567

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in his department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to him and (b) what is the total number of women in each case?

Reply:

Department of Home Affairs

(1)(a)(i) Total number of Deputy Director-Generals employed in:

(1)(a)(i)(aa) An acting capacity: 3, of which 1 is a woman; and

(1)(a)(i)(bb) A permanent capacity: 4, of which 1 is a woman.

(1)(a)(ii) Total number of Chief Directors employed in:

(1)(a)(ii)(aa) An acting capacity: 3, of which 3 are woman; and

(1)(a)(ii)(bb) A permanent capacity: 28, of which 5 are woman.

(2)(a)(i)(b) Total number of Chief Executive Officers: 1 x Director-General (1 male, in an acting capacity); and

(2)(a)(ii)(b) Total number of Directors reporting to Minister: 0.

Electoral Commission

(1)(a)(i) 3 Deputy Chief Electoral Officers (equivalent of Deputy Director-General)

(1)(a)(i)(aa) None

(1)(a)(i)(bb) 3

(1)(b) 2

(1)(a)(ii) 16 Senior Managers (Equivalent of Chief Director)

(1)(a)(ii)(aa) 2

(1)(a)(ii)(bb) 14

(1)(b) 6

(2)(a)(i) 1 Chief Electoral Officer (Equivalent of Chief Executive Officer)

(2)(b)(i) None

(2)(a)(ii) 4 Commissioners (Equivalent of Board of Directors)

(2)(b)(ii) 1

Government Printing Works

(1)(a)(i) 4 Deputy Director-Generals (DDG)

(1)(a)(ii) 6 Chief Directors

(1)(a)(aa) 2

(1)(a)(bb) 8 (2 DDGs and 6 Chief Directors)

(1)(b) 6 (3 DDGs and 3 Chief Directors)

(2)(a)(i) 1

(2)(a)(ii) 0

(2)(b) 1

11 September 2018 - NW2530

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Is the information and communication technology system of his department synchronised with the SA Police Service’s systems for biometric identification; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Yes, SAPS have access to the HANIS system via the interface between Integrated Justice System (IJS) and Department of Home Affairs (DHA). DHA has developed a “DHA-IJS HUB” used by SAPS for verification or identification of SAPS clients whose biometrics are stored on HANIS.

If the person of interest’s biometrics are stored in HANIS, the following fields are returned as requested:-

Person Name; Person Facial Image; Person Contact Information; Person Birth Date; Person Birth Country Code; Person Living Indicator; Person Death Date ; Person Gender Code; Person Marital Status Code; Person Marital Type Code ; Person Marriage Date; Person Identification; Person Residential Address; Person Postal Address.

10 September 2018 - NW2431

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the (a) name of each investing company that has invested on land owned by (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him and (b)(i) nature, (ii) value and (iii) length of each investment?

Reply:

The Department and entities responded as follows:

(i) Department of Home Affairs

(a-b) The Department of Home Affairs does not own any land and therefore the question as to who invested on land owned by the Department cannot arise.

(ii) Government Printing Works

  1. None
  2. Not applicable

(iii) Electoral Commission

  1. None
  2. Not applicable

10 September 2018 - NW2230

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether he has put any plans in place to reduce the long queues and waiting times at his department’s offices; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what has he found to be the causes for the long queues and waiting times at his department’s offices?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department has drafted a strategy and action plan to address and reduce the long queues including waiting times at its offices. The action plan would be rolled out with short, medium to long term interventions. The Department held a media briefing on 22 April 2018, to pronounce to the public the “War on Queues” campaign, as part of its plans to ensure that notwithstanding the high volumes experienced amidst inadequate physical infrastructure, unstable systems and general lack of resources, our clients are served at the shortest possible time.

The action plans put in place encompass the following critical components, namely:-

 

  • Assessment report on immediate interventions at identified offices (Alexandra, Soweto, Pietermaritzburg and Umgeni) showing reductions in waiting times and what has been done in ensuring people are not waiting outside offices to be served.
  • Categorising of offices based on performance in order provide interventions at such offices.
  • The Department has introduced a steering committee that sits every two weeks to monitor all offices that are still experiencing long queues and make interventions where required.
  • Some interventions include but is not limited to; a one-stop workstation that takes fingerprints and photographs, a streamline of processes and a reduction of time clients spend in Home Affairs offices.
  • Revisiting the working hour arrangements negotiations with labour; to address the issue of unpredictable walk-in clients and inadequate resources.
  • Proposals on how to measure customer experience and waiting times in offices, and on how to deal with structural challenges of long waiting times.

The Department, informed by the action plans, is finalising a customer satisfaction survey, it commissioned to get the client contact centre
working optimally, find a solution for unpredictable walk-in clients and for
front office space, explore possibilities of a new shift system, attend to the unstable system, scale-up unannounced visits by senior managers to offices, improve workflow and beef-up communication with clients.

2. Long enduring queues emanating from high client volumes caused by unpredictable walk-ins, discontinuation of Saturday working hours, inadequate footprint and front office space, unstable systems (networks and applications), inefficient work flow process and uncoordinated communication strategies.

05 September 2018 - NW2246

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1768 on 8 June 2018, the figures in Table 1 include the total number of decisions taken by Refugee Status Determination Officers (RSDOs) and referred to the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs (SCRA), or simply those decisions finalised by the SCRA; (2) what number of (a) decisions were taken by RSDOs in each calendar year since 1 January 2008 and (b) the specified decisions were (i) referred to and (ii) decided by the (aa) SCRA and (bb) Refugee Appeals Board (RAB) in each case; (3) what number of the specified decisions referred to the SCRA and RAB were (a) taken on review and (b) set aside following the judicial reviews in each case in each calendar year; (4) whether the (a) RSDOs, (b) SCRA and/or (c) RAB are experiencing any backlogs with the processing of decisions and appeals; if so, what are the full details of the backlogs in each case?

Reply:

(1) Those are decisions finalised by SCRA.

(2)(a)&(b) The information is tabulated in the tables hereunder:

(aa) FOR SCRA

Year

Decisions taken by RSDO (a)

Unfounded (In cases of appeal referred to RAB) (i)

Manifestly Unfounded automatic refer to SCRA (ii)

2008

69114

Not Available

2009

50622

18856

27199

     

Upheld
18239

Set Aside
472

2010

77071

24827

42161

     

Upheld
30995

Set Aside
196

2011

43953

16875

20275

     

Upheld
6680

Set Aside
13

2012

63228

25037

31965

     

Upheld
38628

Set Aside
263

2013

68241

35402

25553

     

Upheld
9404

Set Aside
94

2014

75733

29545

36958

     

Upheld
22972

Set Aside
247

2015

60640

14093

44048

     

Upheld
16884

Set Aside

1777

2016

41241

21693

16391

     

Upheld
24516

Set Aside
1894

2017

27980

6819

18894

     

Upheld
15534

Set Aside
1843

Please note: In 2008 the statistics for rejections were not divided into unfounded and manifestly unfounded.

(bb) FOR RAB:

CASES RECEIVED BY RAB AS UNFOUNDED AND FINALISED

YEAR

UNFOUNDED REFERRED TO RAB (i)

RECEIVED

FINALISED (ii)

2008

Not Available

3877

1550

2009

18856

4601

4139

2010

24827

4879

3420

2011

16875

4362

5434

2012

25037

4958

4886

2013

35402

9413

2743

2014

29545

15452

4466

2015

14093

14475

4993

2016

21693

4455

2670

2017

6819

10117

5261

3(a) The information is as follows:

Year

(aa) Asylum Seeker

(bb) Refugee Status

2013

630

712

2014

399

523

2015

1089

1021

2016

435

792

2017

238

1115

2018

14

758

Total

2805

4921

Grand total of litigation instituted by asylum seekers and refugees to date is 7,726 (2805 + 4921)

3(b) Litigation brought against the Department by asylum seekers is essentially contextualised as follows:-

New Asylum Seekers: These are illegal foreigners detained at Lindela Repatriation Centre (“Lindela”) or Police Stations, seeking urgent court orders to be released from detention on the basis that they are new asylum seekers who want to be afforded opportunity to apply for asylum. In most such cases, courts do not award costs to the applicants and simply order their release, so as to allow them to apply for asylum. This is in line with the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment of BULA and Others / Minister of Home Affairs and Others in which the court held that once intention to apply for asylum is indicated, asylum seeker is entitled to protective provision by the Republic under International Law. These court applications are mostly not settled in both parties favour in that asylum seekers (applicants) are released from detention and afforded the opportunity to apply for asylum and no costs order is made against the Department.

Asylum Seekers Appeals to the Refugee Appeal Board (“RAB”): These are asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected by the Refugee Status Determination Officer (“RSDO) on the grounds that their applications are unfounded. Such asylum seekers may appeal the RSDO’s decision to the RAB. During the period 2013 – 2016, the RAB experienced capacity challenges which led to a huge backlog in finalising the appeals. This resulted in litigation in which asylum seekers whose applications are pending before the RAB would launch court applications compelling the RAB to either furnish them with interview dates and/or finalise decisions. Because of the nature of this litigation, the Department and/or RAB had no legal grounds to oppose them and as a consequence, there were costs orders occasioned by these applications. However, since the capacity constraints have been addressed at the RAB, this nature of litigation has ceased.

Failed Asylum Seekers: These are those asylum seekers/applicants whose applications have either been rejected by the Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs (“SCRA”) or RAB. The rejection by SCRA or RAB renders such asylum seekers illegal foreigners in the Republic and therefore liable for arrest and detention for the purposes of deportation. Upon arrest, failed asylum seekers approach the courts to seek orders to review and set aside the rejections. Such applications are normally brought in two parts, namely, Part A and Part B. In Part A, the applicants seek orders to be released from detention pending finalisation of Part B. In Part B, they seek orders to review and set aside the decision of the RAB or SCRA. Ordinarily, in Part A of the application, there are no orders as to costs. However, in Part B, parties incur costs. Part B is seldom set down for hearing as the intention of the failed asylum seekers is never to prosecute the review, but rather to secure the indefinite stay in the Republic. Costs in these review applications are also reserved pending the finalisation of these review applications.

The nature of litigation instituted by refugees against the Department is mainly two-fold:

(i) Certification in terms of Section 27(c) of the Refugees Act

These applications are meant to compel SCRA to recognise the applicants as indefinite refugees.

(ii) Refugees Identity and Travel Documents

These applications are meant to compel the Department to issue refugees with South African Refugee Identity Documents (“refugee IDs”) and/or Travel Documents.

Ordinarily, the Department does not oppose these applications as there are no legal grounds to oppose them. The applicants merely seek orders to compel the Department to finalise their applications for refugee IDs and/or Travel Documents. In such matters, costs are confined to the issuing of high court applications only.

4(a-c) The information is as follows:

Area of responsibility

2017

Legacy

Total

RSDO

623

997

1620

SCRA

9836

30490

40326

RAB

5246

142548

147794

27 August 2018 - NW2252

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to his announcement to include the names of both parents in the passports of minors, (a) what is the name of the company that was awarded the contract and (b) what amount is projected to be paid by taxpayers in this regard?

Reply:

a) No contract was awarded specifically for this enhancement. The current DHA system was enhanced via the DHA modernisation/ Who Am I Online (WAIO) scope and printing is still done by Government Printing Works (GPW).

b) The price of passport has not changed.

17 July 2018 - NW1993

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 896 on 9 April 2018, any money from the Independent Electoral Commission was used to pay for any personal court review applications of a certain person (name and details furnished), in respect of the specified Public Protector’s report; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what was the total cost of each review, (b) who authorised the expenditure and (c) what were the outcomes of each court review?

Reply:

The question was referred to the Electoral Commission which responded as follows:

The Electoral Commission did not pay for the review of the Public Protector’s Report for the person referred to as there was never a review application instituted.

(a) Not applicable

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

16 July 2018 - NW1821

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult family member accompanied him on any official international trip (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) is the name of the person(s), (bb) was the (aaa) purpose and (bbb) destination of the trip and (cc) was the (aaa) total cost and (bbb) detailed breakdown of the costs of the accompanying person(s) to his department; (2) whether each of the specified trips were approved by the President in terms of the provisions of Section 1, Annexure A of the Ministerial Handbook; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1-2) Yes, the Ministerial Handbook allows for a Minister to be accompanied by his wife and I do not have to seek the president’s permission for that. However, I can choose my wife or any of my children to accompany me in place of my wife.

I have not been accompanied anywhere by my wife or any member of my family in the only international trip I have undertaken since 1 April 2018