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17 June 2022 - NW2200

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What is the current status of the application for permanent residency (details furnished) and (b) by what date will the application be finalised?

Reply:

a) The application for permanent residence with reference number PRP2700955 is currently in final stage of the adjudication and quality assurance the process.

b) The application will be finalised on or before 30 June 2022.

END

17 June 2022 - NW2154

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, in order to address the total number of undocumented workers in service of employment throughout the Republic, he will consider that (a) companies invest in a fingerprinting machine to take the fingerprints of undocumented workers upon hiring them, (b) the specified fingerprints be sent to his department to have them documented, (c) there should be a Special Fund for employers to contribute towards for the hiring of foreigners, (d) the specified method will lead to proper statistics on the number of foreigners in employment in the Republic and (e) once such foreigners have been documented, they can receive a pass and become taxpayers too; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

a)  The Department would not be in support of such a requirement as the law as it is currently stated does not allow for the employment of undocumented foreign nationals. Section 49 (3) of the Immigration Act , 2002, states as follows:

“Anyone who knowingly employs an illegal foreigner of a foreigner in violation of this Act, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment not exceeding one year: Provided that such person’s second conviction of such an offence shall be punishable by imprisonment not exceeding two years or a fine, and the third or subsequent convictions of such offences by imprisonment not exceeding five years without the option of a fine.’

The department therefore takes strong action against any employer hiring undocumented foreign nationals and would not advocate that they do so even if they took their fingerprints.

(b) The department does not document individuals who are undocumented as the Immigration Act, 2002 is very specific about the processes to be followed in the employment of foreign nationals whilst those individuals who are under the Refugee Act, 1998 have specific provisions that allow them to work whilst awaiting the outcome of their refugee status determination applications.

In cases where the Minister exercises discretionary powers under section 31 of the Immigration Act, 2002, (Exemptions), where he/she grants the rights of permanent residence for a specified period this would require extensive consultation and approval at a Cabinet level. A full and detailed case for such special circumstances would be required as was done in the dispensations for Lesotho and Zimbabwean nationals that occurred during the last 12 years.

Regarding parts C, and E the department is not supportive of the recommendation as the department is guided by the legislation it is mandated to apply. With regards to D, the department conducts law enforcement inspections which provides statistics on the number of undocumented persons detected and also alerts employers of the penalties that will arise from employing undocumented persons.

END

13 June 2022 - NW2196

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, for each law-enforcement operation and/or inspection conducted by immigration services to secure compliance with immigration legislation that took place within the boundaries of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in the 2021-22 financial year, he will furnish Mr A C Roos with a list detailing the (a) dates, (b) location, (c) intervention and (d) outcomes of the operation and/or inspection?

Reply:

Date

Location

Suspects verified

Impact (Arrests)

 

Date

Location

Suspects verified

Impact (Arrests)

10-Apr-21

Hammanskraal

3

3

 

21-Sep-21

Waterkloof

3

1

17-Apr-21

Sunnyside

6

6

 

23-Sep-21

Villieria

9

9

19-Apr-21

Boekenhoutkloof

13

12

 

24-Sep-21

Hartebeespoort

3

3

23-Apr-21

Sunnyside

12

12

 

24-Sep-21

Rankuwa

50

0

25-Apr-21

Olivenhoutbotch

17

17

 

24-Sep-21

Pretoria

2

1

30-Apr-21

Mamelodi East

8

8

 

25-Sep-21

Sunnyside

42

19

30-Apr-21

Akasia

29

29

 

25-Sep-21

Pretoria

22

22

01-May-21

Sunnyside

13

6

 

25-Sep-21

Sunnyside

18

18

01-May-21

Olivenhoutbotch

9

9

 

25-Sep-21

Pretoria North

3

0

02-May-21

Mamelodi East

8

8

 

29-Sep-21

Hatfield

40

0

06-May-21

Sunnyside

4

0

 

29-Sep-21

Mabopane

4

4

06-May-21

Hammanskraal

47

0

 

30-Sep-21

Sunnyside

1

0

07-May-21

East Lyn

58

1

 

2-Oct-21

Akasia

4

4

07-May-21

Villieria

5

5

 

2-Oct-21

Hammanskraal

20

20

08-May-21

Sunnyside

15

11

 

03-Oct-21

Waverley

1

0

08-May-21

Olivenhoutbotch

81

81

 

03-Oct-21

East Lynne

5

3

15-May-21

Villieria

31

20

 

3-Oct-21

Villieria

3

3

20-May-21

Sinoville

7

7

 

08-Oct-21

Soshanguve

9

0

21-May-21

Soshanguve

10

10

 

8-Oct-21

Olivenhoutbotch

4

4

21-May-21

Hammanskraal

1

1

 

8-Oct-21

Bronkonspruit

4

4

21-May-21

Olivenhoutbotch

11

8

 

8-Oct-21

Soshanguve

3

3

22-May-21

Soshanguve

10

10

 

09-Oct-21

Soshanguve

6

0

22-May-21

Attridgeville

24

24

 

09-Oct-21

Mamelodi East

24

22

23-May-21

Mamelodi East

7

7

 

10-Oct-21

Villieria

8

8

28-May-21

Villieria

6

6

 

14-Oct-21

PTA West & Hercules

46

46

28-May-21

Hatfield

9

9

 

15-Oct-21

Brooklyn

3

3

29-May-21

Olivenhoutbotch

50

24

 

16-Oct-21

Olivenhoutbotch

79

79

29-May-21

Mamelodi East

11

11

 

16-Oct-21

Brooklyn

6

6

04-Jun-21

Pretoria West

17

17

 

19-Oct-21

Moreleta Park-

8

8

05-Jun-21

Hammanskraal

6

6

 

22-Oct-21

Hercules

2

2

10-Jun-21

Rankuwa

95

14

 

23-Oct-21

East Lynn

9

0

12-Jun-21

Bronkhorspruit

8

8

 

23-Oct-21

Bavianspoort

2

0

15-Jun-21

PTA West

27

27

 

23-Oct-21

Brooklyn

15

15

18-Jun-21

Erasmia

1

0

 

23-Oct-21

Boschkop

25

25

26-Jun-21

Moot

11

11

 

23-Oct-21

Loate-Mabopane

7

7

26-Jun-21

PTA West

3

3

 

23-Oct-21

Rankuwa

18

18

27-Jun-21

PTA West

3

3

 

23-Oct-21

Mamelodi

9

9

2-Jul-21

Laudium

15

15

 

24-Oct-21

Pretoria East

7

7

3-Jul-21

Silverton/ East Lynn

90

7

 

29-Oct-21

Temba, Hammanskraal

21

21

3-Jul-21

Loate-Mabopane

7

7

 

5-Nov-21

Olivenhoutbotch

42

42

4-Jul-21

Sinoville

25

25

 

20-Nov-21

Pretoria

15

15

8-Jul-21

N4 West Orchards

21

0

 

25-Nov-21

Bronkorhorspruit

24

0

17-Jul-21

N4 East Bronkhospruit

15

15

 

26-Nov-21

Attridgeville

5

5

18-Jul-21

Rankuwa

6

6

 

6-Dec-21

Pretoria

1

0

22-Jul-21

N4 West, Orchards

4

4

 

08-Dec-21

Erasmia

3

3

24-Jul-21

North Corridor, Mabopane

7

7

 

22-Jan-22

Sunnyside

15

14

25-Jul-21

PTA West

6

6

 

29-Jan-22

Brooklyn

2

2

4-Aug-21

NC- Rietgat & Soshanguve

9

9

 

05-Feb-21

Mamelodi East

25

25

7-Aug-21

Attridgeville

9

9

 

18-Feb-22

Strydfontein

1

1

08-Aug-21

Soshanguve/ Orchards

36

25

 

26-Feb-22

Brooklyn / Moot

25

25

15-Aug-21

Temba

14

14

 

07-Mar-22

Marabastad

23

15

20-Aug-21

Olivenhoutbotch

158

158

 

19-Mar-22

Menlyn

2

0

28-Aug-21

Soshanguve/ Mabopane

3

3

 

20-Mar-22

Soshanguve

38

0

29-Aug-21

Soshanguve/ Mabopane

6

3

 

20-Mar-22

Sunnyside

7

0

4-Sep-21

Akasia

46

46

 

22-Mar-22

Pretoria

8

0

16-Sep-21

Pretoria West

8

8

 

25-Mar-22

Olivenhoutbotch

37

35

17-Sep-21

Rankuwa

11

11

 

 

 TOTAL

1172

812

END

13 June 2022 - NW2084

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

(a) What number of tourism visa applications were (i) received and (ii) issued in each month, (b) from which countries were applications made in each case, (c) what number of applications were received from each country in each month, (d) what number of applications were received from missions abroad, (e) what is the average turnaround time from receipt of application, (f) what processes, procedures and mechanisms have been put in place to improve turnaround times and (g) how are the specified mechanisms measured in the (aa) past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2022 in each case?

Reply:

(a) (b) & (c) Please see the attached statistics for the different geographical regions as submitted by the Diplomatic Missions as follows:

  • Annexure “A” for the European Geographical Region
  • Annexure “B” for the Australasia and Oceania Geographical Region
  • Annexure “C” for the Africa West and Central Geographical Region
  • Annexure “D” for the Africa East and North Geographical Region
  • Annexure “E” for the Africa SADC Geographical Region
  • Annexure “F” for the Americas Geographical Region
  • Annexure “G” for the Middle East Geographical Region

d) The Statistics received from the Missions were consolidated and reflects in Annexure H.

(e) The maximum processing timeframe for the issuance of visas is 10 working days.

(f) With the advent of the Corona virus-19 there has been a steep decline in international travel which also impacted on the volumes of Visa applications that went hand in hand with a curb in Government spending and an economic decline. There was therefore no specific focus in addressing the turnaround times for visa processing periods.

(g) The continued prevalence of the Coronavirus globally and the response thereto by the individual countries hinders the effective response mechanisms.

(aa)-(bb) The continued prevalence of the Coronavirus globally and the response thereto by the individual countries hinders the effective response mechanisms.

END

07 June 2022 - NW1917

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

What (a) total number of illegal migrants were apprehended and (i) sent to Lindela Repatriation Centre and (ii) deported to their countries in the past three years and (b)(i) are the names of the countries to which they were deported in each case and (ii) at what cost to his department?

Reply:

(a)(i) The numbers are as follows:

FINANCIAL YEAR

TOTAL

2019/20

16677

2020/21

8415

2021/22

11018

 

(a)(ii) and (b)(i) The numbers deported from the Lindela Holding Facility and directly from the provinces to their countries in the past three years are as follows:

2019/20 – Total 29376

COUNTRY

TOTAL

ALGERIA

3

ANGOLA

22

BANGLADESH

26

BOLIVIA

6

BOTSWANA

11

BRAZIL

10

BULGARIA

2

BURUNDI

15

CAMEROON

11

CAPE VERDE

3

CHINA

29

CONGO BRAZZAVILLE

10

CUBA

1

DRC

87

ECUADOR

1

EGYPT

7

ETHIOPIA

13

GABON

1

GHANA

25

GUYANA

2

INDIA

29

IRAQ

2

ISRAEL

1

IVORY COAST

1

KENYA

21

LESOTHO

3963

MALAWI

4277

MOROCCO

1

MOZAMBIQUE

13834

NAMIBIA

19

NIGERIA

176

PAKISTAN

32

PALESTINE

1

PERU

1

SAINT VINCENT

1

SAUDI ARABIA

1

SENEGAL

3

SOMALIA

8

SPAIN

1

SRI LANKA

2

SWAZILAND

314

TANZANIA

517

THAILAND

11

UGANDA

50

UNITED KINGDOM

2

VENEZUELA

2

ZAMBIA

31

ZIMBABWE

5790

TOTAL:

29376

2020/21 Total 14859

NATIONAL

TOTAL

ANGOLA

23

ARGENTINA

1

BOLIVIA

1

BOTSWANA

3

BRAZIL

13

BULGARIA

1

BURUNDI

19

CAMEROON

2

CHINA

3

DRC

51

GERMANY

1

GUINEA

2

GUYANA

1

INDIA

1

KENYA

5

LESOTHO

5796

MALAWI

2019

MOZAMBIQUE

2714

NAMIBIA

24

NIGERIA

59

PAKISTAN

1

PARAGUAY

2

PERU

5

PHILIPPINES

2

SEYCHELLES

1

SWAZILAND

622

TANZANIA

236

THAILAND

3

UGANDA

9

UNITED KINGDOM

4

USA

1

ZAMBIA

8

ZIMBABWE

3226

TOTAL:

14859

2021/22 – Total 20093

COUNTRY

TOTAL

ANGOLA

11

BANGLADESH

8

BOLIVIA

3

BOTSWANA

3

BRAZIL

1

BURUNDI

23

CAMEROON

2

CHILE

2

CONGO BRAZZAVILLE

2

DRC

67

EGYPT

7

ETHIOPIA

13

FRANCE

0

GABON

1

GHANA

8

INDIA

7

IRAN

2

KENYA

11

LEBANON

1

LESOTHO

6582

MALAWI

2797

MAURITIUS

1

MOZAMBIQUE

4766

MYANMAR

6

NAMIBIA

46

NEPAL

2

NIGERIA

69

PAKISTAN

13

PORTUGAL

1

SENEGAL

3

SOMALIA

6

SWAZILAND

1434

TANZANIA

141

UGANDA

26

UNITED KINGDOM

1

VENEZUELA

4

VIETNAM NORTH

1

ZAMBIA

10

ZIMBABWE

4012

TOTAL:

20093

(b)(ii) The cost to the Department was as follows:

FINANCIAL YEAR

TOTAL

2019/20

R30,459,100.64

2020/21

R15,953,826.04

2021/22

R26,089,452.68

 

END

07 June 2022 - NW1983

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the (a) progress and (b) estimated date of finalising the process to allow (i) South African citizens born in another country and (ii) South African citizens by virtue of naturalisation to apply for a Smart ID?

Reply:

(a)(i) South African citizens by birth who were born in another country are already entitled to apply for Smart ID Cards.

(a)(ii) The Department is proceeding with the expansion of the Live Capture footprint and the verification processes for the records of naturalised citizens and is continuing with the implementation of the system upgrades that will make provision for this category of applicants.

(b) The Minister will make an announcement upon determination of adequate footprint and system status readiness which will enable naturalized citizens the opportunity to apply for Smart ID Cards.

END

31 May 2022 - NW2003

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

Whether, following the arrest of the Pakistani national who was running a syndicate producing fake Identity Documents (ID) and passports, and in light of daily reports of persons who are in possession of fake South African documents, he will consider launching a review of the authenticity of all IDs, passports and residency permits on the database of his department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

When fraudulent documents are detected the Branch Civic Services refers such cases to the Branch: Counter Corruption and Security Services if it involves the Departments officials and/or to Branch: Immigration Services (Inspectorate division) if it entails investigation of foreign nationals. Otherwise cases are referred to the South African Police Services (SAPS) and other law enforcement agencies.

Upon conclusion of the investigations conducted by the above institutions, and when the outcome renders the enabling documents to be fraudulent, the Department follows a process to set markers to block, nullify and to cancel the fraudulently issued identity documents and passports on the National Population Register(NPR) as a means to maintain the credibility of the system in the Republic.

Furthermore, the Immigration Service Branch within the Department is also involved to flag such documents on the Movement Control System (MCS). As a result a note verbale is also published and circulated through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) as a means to communicate to foreign countries regarding fake or fraudulently issued passports and identity documents.

END

31 May 2022 - NW1984

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) is the name of each of the border posts that remain closed after they were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, (b) are the reasons that each specified border post remains closed, (c) steps are being taken to reopen each border post and (d) is the estimated time frame for each border post to be reopened?

Reply:

a) Sendelingsdrift; Onseepkans; Rietfontein; Middelsputs; Mc Carthys Rest; Makopong; Bray; Makgobistad; Swartkopfontein; Derdepoort; Pilanesberg Int Airport; Stockpoort; Zanzibar; Platjan; Pondrift; Giriyondo; Josefsdal; Nerston; Emahlathini; Bothashoop; Nerston; Waverley; Onverwacht; Monontshapass; Pekabridge; Sephaposgate; Makhaleng; Boesmansnek; Ongelusknek; Ramatsidiso.

b) Enforcement of Health protocols remains a critical requirement and with the absence of that capability the border posts cannot be re-opened.

c) The reopening of each border post is dependent on the Department of Health.

d) This is dependent on the Department of Health.

END

25 May 2022 - NW1450

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the fact that every single week brings more written complaints about the Home Affairs Branch located in Main Road of Somerset West, wherein persons have to queue for hours multiple times to get access to services and have to return several times to no avail, and in view of the fact that one of the problems is that the computer system takes an inordinately long time to process every single transaction and is regularly offline, what (a) steps has he taken to improve the computer and software package system in order to deliver services and (b) are the time periods with this?

Reply:

(a&b) According to the SITA e-Health report the network reachability and availability was 100% for this office. See the attached bandwidth utilisation report. All the functional workstations within the Somerset West Office are equipped with computers with the required software to run the Modernisation system. This office is part of dataline upgrades for the Live Capture project for 2022/23 which is already in process with SITA SCM.

END

20 May 2022 - NW1527

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) By what date will the 2019-20 Auditor-General Report for the Gauteng Printing Works be released and (b) what is the reason that there has been a delay in this regard?

Reply:

(a) The Auditor General signed off on the 2019/20 audit report on 18 December 2020, and the 2019/20 Annual Report was sent to Parliament for tabling on 30 September 2021.

(b) The main reason for the delay was the interactions between Management and the Auditor-General and the disputes that arose from the Auditor-General’s findings that ultimately led to a disclaimer opinion being issued.

END

20 May 2022 - NW1416

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

With reference to the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal where, according to the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, approximately 40 000 people were displaced and thousands of people now find themselves without identity documents (IDs), what (a) are the full details of how his department intends to (i) assist the eputy Ministerpersons who have lost their IDs and (ii) fast-track their applications and (b) measures will be put in place to avoid possible fraud?

Reply:

(a)(i) People who have lost their IDs are already being helped. The Provincial Manager of Home Affairs in KZN has attended meetings of the Disaster Management Center since its inception. The Center provided him with a list of affected people/families. The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs led a campaign to trace such people, offer them identity documents and these are in two forms, (a) Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) )which they get same time on the scene. (b) An application for a smart card which is issued after a week. All these are provided free of charge.

(ii) Yes their applications are fast tracked, because this is a special project.

(b) The people who have lost their documentation are already in the system, i.e the National Population Register (NPR), hence this whole exercise is a replacement exercise, where there is no chance of fraud.

END

 

 

18 May 2022 - NW1566

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What are the reasons that his department has discontinued the working hours of his department’s office on a Saturday and (b) how has that decision affected the functioning of his department?

Reply:

a) The Department desperately want Home Affairs offices to open on Saturdays. The type of services rendered by Home Affairs offices fall in the same category as services rendered by Police Services and Clinics.

Unfortunately, the Unions took the matter to the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) and made it a subject of negotiations, it ended in a stalemate. We wanted Saturday work done through the shift system in the same way Police and Nurses do. However, the unions insist on deploying the same people who work during the week hours, but paying them overtime.

Should we agree, the Department will be forced into paying overtime for life/permanent overtime and this is untenable. The Department has submitted to Cabinet a Home Affairs Bill which will change the nature of Home Affairs Department into a security Department which is entitled to open on weekends.

b) It has affected it negatively, because we could reduce long queues through Saturday work. It is affecting clients in a bad way, especially clients who work during the week and have no time to visit Home Affairs because they are always at work. Ironically, I believe this affect members of unions the most.

END

 

 

17 May 2022 - NW1526

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)In light of the report presented in the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on 26 May 2021, stating that the Government Printing Works has lost financial data required to conduct the 2020-21 audit, what is the reason that a backup system does not exist; (2) whether the Gauteng Printing Works has a disaster management plan in place; if not, why not; if so, what is the relevant documentation in this regard

Reply:

1. I am appealing to the Honourable Member to be a bit patient because these questions are a subject of a tribunal/investigation, which was introduced to the Portfolio Committee when it started its work last year.

2. The tribunal is about to report its findings to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs

END

17 May 2022 - NW1750

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What number of days a week is the office of his department in the Dipaleseng Local Municipality open; (2) whether there are always staff members available to keep the office open when other staff members go on leave; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the staff’s salaries have been changed to two days a week since the staff only works two days a week; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) (a) what does his department intend to do to ensure that the Dipaleseng office is fully resourced and open five days a week, (b) what are the reasons that the office only deals with birth and death certificates and not with identity documents (IDs) and (c) how will his department intervene to ensure that the residents do not travel to the nearest town to apply for their temporary or permanent IDs, as this is a very costly exercise?

Reply:

1. Balfour is a Small Office (Service Point), wherein DHA was allocated space in a Thusong centre by Dipaleseng Municipality to provide limited services. The office is open 5 days per week (Monday to Friday).

2. Balfour SP has 1 civic services employee and is attached to Secunda Office which has 7 civic services employees. During April 2022, Balfour office processed an average of 6 applications daily for birth registration and death registration, while Secunda office provided services to an average of (155) members of the public daily, during the same period. If the employee is on leave or off sick DHA is not able to allocate an employee to the SP due to capacity limitations, also considering that the demand for services at full service offices such as Secunda, Bethal, Ermelo, Standerton increases during peak season.

3. The employee’ s salary has not been changed as she is on duty 5 days per week.

(4) (a) The department is in the process to fill selected vacancies.

(b) The Small Office is not modernised and does not have the required number of staff to operate the modernised system.

(c) The Province has engaged the local Municipality and Department of Basic Education to identify mobile unit service points in Balfour and schools in the area, the mobile schedule allocation will start during the month of June 2022.

END

17 May 2022 - NW1350

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Shivambu, Mr F to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the statement he made during a television interview on the eNCA Power to Truth programme with Dr Onkgopotse J J Tabane on 6 April 2022, wherein he said that when he took Mr Pravin Gordhan in his former capacity as Minister of Finance to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, they were told that 60% of the women who were giving birth at the specified hospital were not South Africans, (a) on what date did he visit the specified hospital and (b) what is the detailed breakdown of the countries from which the specified 60% of non-South Africans came who were giving birth at the hospital?

Reply:

a) I had visited Steve Biko Academic Hospital while Minister of Health, with the then Minister of Finance Mr Pravin Gordhan on 11 September 2012.

b) We did not ask for such details because it was not necessary to do so.

END

12 May 2022 - NW1641

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether, with regard to the presentation made by his department and the State Information Technology Agency to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on 31 August 2021 on plans to be implemented to resolve downtimes, the upgrades have been done; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) was the cause of the recent system downtime in the majority of the Home Affairs offices and (b) plans are in place to address the system downtime; (2) Whether he will furnish Ms T A Khanyile with a list of branches that have been upgraded since 31 August 2021; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Various upgrades have been done at Front Offices, Bank Branches, Ports of Entry (Land, Airports, and Harbours), and Refugee Reception Centres.

a) On a late evening of Thursday, 31 March 2022, Live Capture access to the National Population Registration was severed due to a damaged network cable that connected the DHA Network to the SITA hosted Mainframe Systems, with the National Population Register being one of these systems. The fault was only picked up the following morning of Friday, 1 April 2022, by SITA engineers. The exact location of the cable damage was found after a lengthy cable tracing process, and the cable repair process was completed by SITA engineers at 13:40.

SITA was supposed to have picked the drop in connectivity the very evening of Thursday, 31 March 2022 as SITA operates a 24x7x365 Network Operations Centre.

b) SITA has committed to the following interventions to prevent reoccurrence of this incident:

(i) SITA technical teams is investigating the possibility of installing a redundant cable that will need to be routed via a different path in the data centre in order to provide higher availability.

(ii) SITA is reviewing the alerting, monitoring processes and procedures in order to ensure there is additional monitoring in place in the hosting and network environment which will trigger events to log incidents directly on the call logging system. SITA has also proposed end to end monitoring to DHA that will assist to proactively pick up potential risk areas, or specific failure locality impacting service delivery for quicker resolution, across the value chain.

A list of all upgrades done for the period in question (1 September 2021 to 25 April 2022) is available. The list is broken down by Office Name, Upgrade done, and Upgrade date.

END

12 May 2022 - NW1254

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

In light of the fact that a gang of criminals with fake South African passports are allegedly being investigated for crimes in Birmingham in the United Kingdom and further considering that the passport of the Republic has lost its international standing and credibility and with regard to his announcement that officials in his department and a Pakistani national have been arrested for running a syndicate that sells fake passports, what number of (a)(i) fraudulent identity documents and (ii) passports are currently in circulation, (b)(i) Pakistani, (ii) Indian and (iii) Bangladeshi nationals are currently in possession of South African passports and (c) officials of his department have been uncovered in the past decade for selling South African documents?

Reply:

(a&b) The arrest of members of the syndicate in Krugersdorp is indicative the net is closing in on all the corrupt Home Affairs officials and their associates be they South African or foreign nationals who are undermining the country’s laws. A multi-disciplinary law enforcement team is keeping a beady eye on a number of corrupt Home Affairs officials and syndicates and more arrests are imminent.

(a)(i) Furthermore, it is impractical to ascertain the number fraudulent documents in the hands of criminals and of those being produced through illegal means.

(b(i)-(iiI) There is currently an investigation taking place with regards to the matter.

However, the Branch Counter Corruption and Security Services, through investigations undertaken, intercepted the suspected fake passports issued through the process of photo swap. During the investigations on passport photo swaps, it was found that SA citizens who participated in the scam, are still in possession of their Identity Documents. It was only their passports that were required by foreign nationals. The suspected fake passports are from the following offices:

Home Affairs Office

Number of passports issued to foreign nationals

   

Benoni

101

White River

30

Burgersfort

45

Maponya Mall

20

Germiston

25

Prospecton

30

Ndwendwe

40

Tongaat

15

Umgungundlovu

18

Commercial Road

10

When fraudulent documents are detected the Branch Civic Services refers such cases to the Branch: Counter Corruption and Security Services if it involves the Departments officials and/or to Branch: Immigration Services (Inspectorate division) if it entails investigation of foreign nationals. Otherwise cases are referred to the South African Police Services (SAPS) and other law enforcement agencies.

Upon conclusion of the investigations conducted by the above institutions, and when the outcome renders the enabling documents to be fraudulent, the Department follows a process to set markers to block, nullify and to cancel the fraudulently issued identity documents and passports on the National Population Register(NPR) as a means to maintain the credibility of the system in the Republic.

Furthermore, the Immigration Service Branch within the Department is also involved to flag such documents on the Movement Control System (MCS). As a result, a note verbale is also published and circulated through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) as a means to communicate to foreign countries regarding fake or fraudulently issued passports and identity documents.

(c) From 2013 to date, 396 officials have been investigated for selling South African documents.

END

 

 

 

12 May 2022 - NW1353

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What is the policy position of his department with regard to African immigrants?

Reply:

International migration in South Africa is regulated in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 9Act No 13 of 2002) (the “Act”), read together with the Immigration Regulations, 2014. The long title of the Act specifically indicates that the Act has been enacted to regulate admission of persons to, their residence in, and their departure from the Republic. It follows, therefore, that all migrants, African or otherwise, who wishes to enter, and reside in, the Republic must apply for, and meet the requirements of, entry and residence as prescribed. In this regard, all migrants are welcomed into South Africa regardless of their nationality.

END

12 May 2022 - NW1374

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) steps has his department taken with regard to officials who have been found to be involved in the illegal issuing of passports and (b) corrective measures have been put in place to curb such acts?What (a) steps has his department taken with regard to officials who have been found to be involved in the illegal issuing of passports and (b) corrective measures have been put in place to curb such acts?

Reply:

a) Disciplinary action is instituted against officials who are found to be involved in the illegal issuing of passports in accordance with the Disciplinary Code and Procedure for the Public Service (PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2003);

b) Passport processes are evaluated regularly to identify possible vulnerabilities to fraud, corruption and security breaches, and recommendations are made to affected business units for implementation. Passports that are found to be issued illegally are referred for cancellation.

END

12 May 2022 - NW1567

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of posts are vacant at the Home Affairs offices in (i) Bethal and (ii) Secunda in Mpumalanga and (b) by what date will the specified posts be filled?

Reply:

(a)(i) Bethal:

  • Post establishment according to structure

NUMBER OF POSTS

POST

LEVEL

FILLED

VACANT

POSTS TO BE FILLED

1

Cleaner

3

1

0

0

5

Front Office Clerk

6

2

3

3

1

Cashier

6

0

1

0

8

Immigration Officer

6

2

6

2

1

Admin Officer

7

0

1

0

5

Chief Admin Clerk

7

1

4

0

2

Client Service Officers

7

0

2

0

1

Civic Services Supervisor

8

0

1

1

1

Chief Immigration Officer

8

1

0

1

1

Office Manager

10

0

1

1

26

   

7

19

8

(b)(i) The Office Manager post was advertised during April 2022. The remaining posts will be advertised as per the HR project plan for implementation before 31st May 2022. The remaining vacant posts are unfunded.

(a)(ii) Secunda

  • Post establishment according to structure

NUMBER OF POSTS

POST

LEVEL

FILLED

VACANT

POSTS TO BE FILLED

1

Cleaner

3

0

1

0

8

Front Office Clerk

6

6

2

0

1

Cashier

6

0

1

0

8

Immigration Officer

6

1

7

2

1

Admin Officer

7

0

1

0

4

Chief Admin Clerk

7

0

4

0

2

Client Service Officers

7

0

2

0

1

Cashier Supervisor

8

0

1

0

1

Civic Services Supervisor

8

1

0

0

2

Chief Immigration Officer

8

1

1

0

1

Senior Admin Officer

8

0

1

0

1

Office Manager

10

1

0

0

31

   

10

21

2

(b)(ii) The 2 Immigration Officer posts will be advertised and filled by June 2022. The remaining vacant posts are unfunded.

 

END

12 May 2022 - NW1568

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What are the reasons that birth certificates are not issued at birth at the (a) Bethal and (b) Evander Hospitals in Mpumalanga?

Reply:

(a)&(b) Due to capacity constraints the Department was not able to have an official stationed at the hospitals to register births of newborns. Issuance of birth certificates are rendered at the Bethal and Standerton offices. The Department is currently filling critical vacant posts with funds granted by National Treasury. These critical positions that have been identified will be filled in this financial year.

END

12 May 2022 - NW1581

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

With regard to the requirements for late registration of abandoned and/or orphaned children living with a relative and the submission of the Deputy Director-General of Civic Service of his department, who reported to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on 2 March 2022 that relatives can register orphaned and/or abandoned children if they provide a report by a social worker, however, at a local service delivery level, it appears as if a Children’s Court Order is required in most cases, (a) what section of the Act and Regulations regulate applications for late registration of births of orphaned and/or abandoned children, when such registrations must be made in the name of a social worker and/or when they are made in the name of the relative caring for the child, (b) which types of relatives qualify to make such applications and (c) which supporting documents are needed by a social worker and/or relative to provide to her department for a successful application?

Reply:

a) There is no regulation for Late Registration of birth for abandoned and/or orphaned children. However, abandoned and/or orphaned children are registered in terms of Section 12 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act (Act 51 of 1992), Regulation 9 of the regulation on Registration of Births and Deaths (2014) as well as Sections 46 and 156 of the Children’s Act, Act 38 of 2005.

b) Neither the Births and Deaths Registration Act nor the regulation on registration of births and deaths specify which types relatives may register an orphaned or abandoned child. However, the Births and Deaths Registration Act as amended (Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act, Act No 18 of 2010) points out that any person other than the parents of such child who registers a child must be prescribed. Section 46 and 156 of the Children’s Act. Act 38 of 2005 deals with the designation of a person as a care giver of a child.

c) 9(1) A notice of birth of abandoned or orphaned child in terms of section 12 of the Act must be given on Form DHA-24 illustrated in Annexure 1A by a social worker within 60 days of obtaining a court order in terms of section 156 of the Children’s Act, and must be accompanied by-

a) a court order issued by the children’s court;

b) a certified copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permit of the social worker:

c) where available a certified copy of the identity document or passport and visa or permit of the parents of a child

d) where available, a copy of the death certificate of the parents of a child; and

e) a social workers’ report that was presented to the children’s court

END

12 May 2022 - NW1642

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, in light of the fact that in August 2021 his department announced that they will introduce the Branch Appointment Booking System that was to be piloted in five high volume offices from November 2021 to March 2022, the system has yielded any desirable results to fight long queues; if not, what is the immediate plan in place to fight long queues; if so, on what date is it envisaged that the system will be rolled out to other Home Affairs branches?

Reply:

The Branch Appointment Booking System (BABS) has yielded positive results as the clients are serviced within the timeslot booked and confirmed, and the offices are able to plan for those who have booked the day prior to the scheduled appointments.

END

12 May 2022 - NW1677

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

(1)Whether, with regard to the Naki 2018 judgment and the 2021 Constitutional Court judgment on the rights of unmarried fathers to register the births of their children in the absence of the mother, and noting that the Deputy Director-General (DDG) of Civic Service reported to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on 2 March 2022 that his department had sent communication to local offices informing them of the Naki 2018 and Constitutional Court 2021 judgments, he will furnish Ms L L van der Merwe with a copy of the letter sent to local offices, in which his department communicated the judgments; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether, with reference to the report by the DDG of Civic Service in his department to the Portfolio on Social Development on 2 March 2022, that his department had revised their Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in line with the Naki 2018 and Constitutional Court 2021 court judgments, and that his department had already begun training officials in KwaZulu-Natal using the revised SOP, he will furnish Ms L L van der Merwe with a copy of the revised SOP; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether, with regard to the report of the DDG of Civic Service who reported to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on 2 March 2022, that the directive explaining the above judgments for officials was not yet finalised but would be soon, it has since been finalised; if not, (a) why not and (b) on what date will it be (i) finalised and (ii) sent to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development and all local offices; if so, will he furnish Ms L L van der Merwe with a copy of the final directive?

Reply:

1. The Naki 2018 and Constitutional Court 2021 judgment was brought to the attention of all Provincial Managers for further communicating to local offices via WhatsApp on 23 September 2021. Print out of the WhatsApp communication is hereto attached. WhatsApp is one of the various communication channels the Civic Services Branch has established to deal with urgent matters that affect daily operations.

2. The revised Birth Registration Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) is hereto attached. Training on the new SOP took place between 17 January 2022 to 4 April 2022.

3. As indicated in response 1 above, the Home Affairs front offices have been informed as per the attached WhatsApp message and the court order is being implemented by offices as alluded to in slide 9 of the presentation made to the Portfolio Committee on 2 March 2022. Further to this, the department is in the process of drafting regulations on the registration of births and deaths with the view to align it to the court order.

END

12 May 2022 - NW1678

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

With regard to the requirements for late registration of abandoned and/or orphaned children living with a relative and the submission of the Deputy Director-General of Civic Service of his department, who reported to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on 2 March 2022 that relatives can register orphaned and/or abandoned children if they provide a report by a social worker, however, at a local service delivery level, it appears as if a Children’s Court Order is required in most cases, (a) what section of the Act and Regulations regulate applications for late registration of births of orphaned and/or abandoned children, when such registrations must be made in the name of a social worker and/or when they are made in the name of the relative caring for the child, (b) which types of relatives qualify to make such applications and (c) which supporting documents are needed by a social worker and/or relative to provide to her department for a successful application?

Reply:

a) There is no regulation for Late Registration of birth for abandoned and/or orphaned children. However, abandoned and/or orphaned children are registered in terms of Section 12 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act (Act 51 of 1992), Regulation 9 of the regulation on Registration of Births and Deaths (2014) as well as Sections 46 and 156 of the Children’s Act, Act 38 of 2005.

b) Neither the Births and Deaths Registration Act nor the regulation on Registration of Births and Deaths specify which types of relatives may register an orphaned or abandoned child. However, the Births and Deaths Registration Act as amended (Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act, Act No 18 of 2010) points out that any person other than the parents of such child who registers a child must be prescribed. Section 46 and 156 of the Children’s Act. Act 38 of 2005 deals with the designation of a person as a care giver of a child.

c) According to Section 9(1) of the Births and Deaths Registrations Act, 1992 a notice of birth of abandoned or orphaned child in terms of section 12 of the Act must be given on Form DHA-24 illustrated in Annexure 1A by a social worker within 60 days of obtaining a court order in terms of section 156 of the Children’s Act, and must be accompanied by-

  • A court order issued by the children’s court;
  • A certified copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permit of the social worker:
  • Where available a certified copy of the identity document or passport and visa or permit of the parents of a child
  • Where available, a copy of the death certificate of the parents of a child; and
  • A social workers’ report that was presented to the children’s court

END

 

05 May 2022 - NW1352

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Tshwaku, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Noting how the War on Queues campaign at Home Affairs offices was launched, by what date(s) does he envisage the queues at Home Affairs offices will be reduced, especially in (a) Jane Furse and (b) Marble Hall?

Reply:

a) The queues are already reduced in both offices as a few management principles/ processes have been implemented such as floor walkers have been appointed

b) Clients are assisted with query management while on queues; those whose queries are resolved remain on the queue for collection of products and those with unresolved queries are released to reduce the waiting time on the queue and also Branch Appointment Booking System in both offices assist in managing the queues, improving delivery of services and reducing the waiting period. Whilst High volume of clients have also been addressed through extension of operating hours during school holidays and peak periods.

 

END

05 May 2022 - NW1253

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

((1)With regard to his statement that many who are within the borders of the Republic do not qualify for asylum and/or refugee status, but have sought to abuse systems in the Republic, what total number of persons were granted permanent refugee and/or asylum status in the Republic in the past decade; (2) whether he will furnish Ms L L van der Merwe with a breakdown of the countries of origin of the specified persons; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (3) whether he will motivate for a change in government policy that will allow for refugee encampment and/or processing at points of entry in keeping with international best practices; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what total number of illegal foreign nationals were (a) identified and arrested and (b) deported to their countries of origin in the past decade; (5) whether he will furnish Ms L L van der Merwe with a list of the countries of origin of the specified persons; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1509E

Reply:

  1. a) Granted Asylum status per year

Year

Total

2012

6226

2013

7286

2014

9230

2015

2499

2016

3157

2017

2267

2018

1594

2019

1834

2020

2020

2021

184

1 b) Certification as a Refugee Indefinitely Granted per year at SCRA

Year

Total

2012

NOT AVAILABLE

2013

94

2014

948

2015

684

2016

510

2017

1082

2018

1463

2019

2459

2020

578

2021

606

   

2. The Department currently have asylum applications from the below mentioned countries

Afghanistan

Colombia

Haiti

Mali

Senegal

USA

Algeria

Comoros

Hungary

Mauritania

Serbia

Venezuela

Angola

Congo

India

Mauritius

Sierra Leone

Wallis and Futuna

Australia

Croatia

Iran

Morocco

Slovenia

Yemen

Bahamas

Denmark

Iraq

Mozambique

Solomon Islands

Zambia

Bahrain

Djibouti

Ireland

Namibia

Somalia

Zimbabwe

Bangladesh

DRC

Ivory Coast

Nepal

Sri Lanka

 

Barbados

East Timor

Jamaica

Netherlands

Sudan

 

Belarus

Ecuador

Jordan

Niger

Suriname

 

Benin

Egypt

Kazakhstan

Nigeria

Swaziland

 

Botswana

Eritrea

Kenya

Niue

Sweden

 

Bulgaria

Estonia

Kyrgyzstan

NULL

Syria

 

Burkina Faso

Ethiopia

Lebanon

Oman

Tanzania

 

Burundi

Gabon

Lesotho

Other

Thailand

 

Cambodia

Gambia

Liberia

Pakistan

Togo

 

Cameroon

Germany

Libya

Palestine

Turkey

 

Central African Republic

Ghana

Macau

Russia

Uganda

 

Chad

Guinea

Malawi

Rwanda

Ukraine

 

China

Guinea Bissau

Malaysia

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Uruguay

 

3. The current government policy position on refugees remain non-encampment, any policy shift will be informed by necessary political discussions and structures. My role in those discussions is to provide input informed as politically deployed to the Home Affairs portfolio.

4. The number of persons identified, arrested and confirmed for deportation in terms of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 are indicated in the attached statistics.

5. The list of the countries and total figures with respect to each country are captured in the attachment.

END

29 April 2022 - NW1252

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

(1)Whether, in light of the fact that he is on record saying that he understands the frustrations of South Africans pertaining to illegal migrants, and given the absence of the requisite number of immigration officers, law enforcement officers and the Border Management Authority, he has found that it is a fact that the Republic is facing an illegal migration crisis in which Operation Dudula has allegedly been assisting his department and other law enforcement authorities to identify undocumented and/or illegal persons and businesses; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so’ (2) whether his department supports the efforts of Operation Dudula; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what plans has his department put in place in order to (a) identify all illegal foreign nationals who are currently within the borders of the Republic and (b) ensure that they are deported?

Reply:

(1) The Department does not condone any illegal activities. The activities of Operation Dudula of identifying and forcefully removing alleged illegal foreign nationals in identified communities is not a programme of the Department.

The Department of Home Affairs through its Inspectorate has the legal mandate to ensure that all persons in South Africa are lawfully permitted to be here. The inspectorate does regular inspections and conducts investigations to detect those who may be here unlawfully. Multi-disciplinary operations with the South African Police Services and Metropolitan Police, including inspections of businesses, is a key source of the detection of illegal foreign nationals, their arrest and deportation.

In carrying out its function the inspectorate will first look at information received from all members of the public and investigate the matter before appropriate action can be taken. The Department of Home Affairs will not act upon any unverified information in applying the Immigration Act.

When a foreign national is found to be in the country without status by the Inspectorate, the undocumented individual can either be deported, issued with an Order to Depart or a Notice to Report to an Immigration Officer at specified intervals (with particular reference to those who must depart the country with their families) while in the process of leaving the country.

In situations where criminal charges are preferred against suspects, the individuals who provided the information including those affiliated to Operation Dudula, can be summonsed to court to give evidence in the state’s case.

It must be noted that presently the world is facing an international global crisis with regards to migration. The RSA government does not have a precise number of undocumented immigrants in the Republic due to the clandestine nature of the act of being here illegally. A number of persons entered without being recorded on any system and live here as unrecorded. It is only when they are detected or their presence is noted that we are able to act. However, the Department is looking how to manage migration issues with a view to find sustainable solutions.

(2) The Inspectorate is a law enforcement unit whose mandate is to enforce immigration laws through the investigation of unlawfulness and ensure redress in accordance with set prescripts, together with other law enforcement agencies, including the South African Police Services and the Department of Justice and Correctional Services. The Department can therefore, not be in support of any activities by anybody or any structure which are not informed by the above prescripts and the rule of law.

(3)(a) The conduct of multi-disciplinary operations with the South African Police Services and Metropolitan Police as well as inspections, including those of businesses, is a key source of the detection of illegal foreign nationals, their arrest and deportation. The strategy is captured in the DHA Annual Performance Plan (APP) 2022/23.

(3)(b) In its daily operations, the provincial Inspectorates record all the documents issued in terms of each arrested on the Case Management System (CMS), which must be verified and approved at different levels of management before approval for direct deportation to neighbouring or a transfer to the Lindela Holding Facility to conduct mass deportations. The proof of deportation in a case can be drawn from the CMS where required.

END

19 April 2022 - NW908

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

(1)On what date(s) (a) were certain identity documents (details furnished) issued to foreign born persons, (b) did each specified person enter the Republic and (c) did each person apply for permanent residence in terms of the Immigration Act, Act 13 of 2002; (2) whether he will provide Ms L L van der Merwe with vault copies of the documents pertaining to the specified applications; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

Information in respect of ID number: 7710156109081

(1)(a- c) The identity (ID) number, 7710156109081, was issued to a foreign born person, Raza Anjum, however, the circumstances under which he acquired the identity document are a subject of investigation being conducted by the Department’s Counter Corruption and Immigration Services branches.

Information in respect of ID number 7401155924080

(1)(a-c ) Your request for information on the abovementioned ID number should be applied for in accordance with the provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000), read together with the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (Act No. 4 of 2013).

Information in respect of ID number: 7710200992086

(1)(a- c) The identity (ID) number, 7710200992086, was issued to a foreign born person, John Noshi, however, the circumstances under which he acquired the identity document are a subject of investigation being conducted by the Department’s Counter Corruption and Immigration Services branches.

(2) Requests for access to information, in the form of vault copies of the documents pertaining to the specified applications, requires compliance with Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000), read together with the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (Act No. 4 of 2013).

 

END

12 April 2022 - NW851

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What total amount in Rand has been spent on (a) catering, (b) entertainment and (c) accommodation for (i) him, (ii) the Deputy Minister and (iii) officials of his department since 29 May 2019?

Reply:

The expenditure on catering and entertainment relates to amounts incurred on refreshments for Departmental conferences, workshops, indabas, courses, forums, recruitment interviews, training sessions, hearings and management meetings. The amounts for catering in 2019/20 financial year was for external stakeholder meetings during the pre-Covid19 period.

The entertainment expenditure is for luncheon meetings held with colleagues, foreign delegations and/or other individuals from within or outside the public sector including dinner for meetings that go into late afternoon and evening.

The accommodation expenditure is for official trips, namely, domestic and international. These trips are to attend conferences, parliament briefings, bilateral meetings, visits to offices and for border deployment of officials to borderlines during festive/ Easter periods

The total amounts, in Rands, that have been spent on the following items since 01 April 2019 to 18 March 2022 are;

a)

CATERING

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

(i) Minister

R5 000

R0

R0

(ii) Deputy Minister

R0

R0

R0

(iii) Departmental

R1 904 427

R653 146

R569 386

b)

     

ENTERTAINMENT

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

(i) Minister

R30 565

R36 182

R15 342

(ii) Deputy Minister

R7 831

R3 927

R0

(iii) Department

R137 483

R48 046

R56 513

       

c)

     

ACCOMMODATION

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

(i) Minister

R987 411

R43 526

R200 525

(ii) Deputy Minister

R1 016 343

R582 630

R873 683

(ii) Department

R68 125 806

R28 414 197

R45 386 791

END

05 April 2022 - NW1139

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(What (a) is the staff capacity of the offices of his department that are located in Somerset West Main Road in Helderberg, Western Cape, that are heavily congested and oversubscribed, (b) number of positions have been filled, (c) is the current situation regarding the full capacitation of the specified office in terms of ensuring all the workstations are properly equipped, (d) are the causes of the alleged congestion and (e) steps will he take to ameliorate the situation as the queue outside the offices impairs the dignity of the citizens of the Republic who make use of the offices where hundreds of persons wait many hours for services that are not forthcoming?

Reply:

a) The Somerset West Office has twenty-four (24) posts on its fixed staff establishment.

b) Fifteen (15) posts are currently filled.

c) It is envisaged to fill two (2) front office clerks, two (2) Immigration Officers and one (1) Control Immigration Officer posts before the end of July 2022. All workstations are currently equipped and will be further capacitated once the above mentioned appointments are concluded.

d) The building is shared with the Department of Labour. Clients for both Departments are using the same entrance. The Department is looking at the possibility of using an alternative entrance, unfortunately the building is classified as a heritage site and no alterations may be considered to the facade of the building. A secondary cause for the congestion is the various lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the limited services available to clients as per the lockdown restrictions.

e) Several overtime projects have been conducted to increase access and alleviate the congestion.

END

 

05 April 2022 - NW1146

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In view of the 465 826 learners without identity (ID) numbers that were recorded on the Department of Basic Education’s Learner Unit Record and Information Tracking System (Lurits) in 2021, what (a)(i) steps is his department taking to ensure that learners without ID numbers are assisted to register their births and receive an ID number before and/or in their matric year, (ii) is the total number of schools that were visited by a mobile unit of his department in each province in the period 1 January to 31 December 2021 and (iii) were the total number of (aa) birth registration and (bb) ID applications were made by learners during the school visits in each province in the specified period and (b) criteria were used to select schools to be visited by the mobile units?

Reply:

(a)(i) The Department of Home Affairs obtained a database from Department of Basic Education (DBE), at the beginning of the school year and then determines the number of learners with a qualifying age for Identity documents (matriculants and non-matriculants). Learners 16 years of age without an identity document are also assisted irrespective of the grade they are in, to ensure that by grade 12 they are in possession of a Smart ID Card.

(a)(ii) The breakdown below is the total number of services provided per province:

Province

(ii) Total Number of Schools visited (01 January – 31 Dec 2021)

(iii) (aa) Total number of birth registration within 30 days

(bb) Smart ID cards applications

Eastern Cape

207

40

6 226

Free State

57

0

1 825

Gauteng

487

0

2 696

Kwazulu-Natal

244

407

7 595

Limpopo

202

2

8 160

Mpumalanga

208

0

6 482

Northern Cape

209

264

4 204

North West

127

83

4 225

Western Cape

22

3 463

2 872

TOTAL

1763

4 259

44 285

(b) Collaboration by all stakeholders (i.e Councillors, religious groups, Amakhosi, DBE District Directors and School Principals) advise on the areas where there is a dire need for learners without ID documents, especially where there is no DHA footprint in close proximity, and then a schedule of schools to be visited is developed on monthly basis. Dates for visits and lists of requirements are determined and shared with the school authorities and an implementation schedule is developed and actioned

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05 April 2022 - NW1140

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What steps will he take to ensure that (a) citizens are treated with dignity and (b) the old and infirm are particularly assisted at the offices of his department that are located in Somerset West Main Road in Helderberg, Western Cape, that are heavily congested and oversubscribed (details furnished)?

Reply:

a) District Manager: Operations and Office Manager to ensure compliance to basic queue management principles of communicating with clients at regular intervals and to educate the staff to conduct themselves in a professional manner.

b) All offices prioritise the aged, persons with disabilities, pregnant mothers, mothers with babies as well as school learners in uniform. The Departmental Service Charter is displayed in front offices and staff pause areas and two (2) front office clerk posts will be filled before July 2022.

END

05 April 2022 - NW1138

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) What steps will he take to resolve the ongoing complaint that offices of his department that are located in Somerset West Main Road in Helderberg, Western Cape, are heavily congested and oversubscribed; (2) how does he intend to deal with employees of his department who refuse to assist the general public in a respectful and dignified manner when they conduct themselves in a rude and obstreperous manner with the public and refuse to address them in English and/or Afrikaans while the public that are served by their office is mainly Afrikaans and/or English Home Language speakers; (3) whether there have been any disciplinary hearings and/or conduct enquiries regarding any member of the staff employed at the specified branch; if not, why not; if so, what (a) were the outcomes of the hearings and/or enquiry and (b) are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Office Managers are responsible for sharing of information i.e. capacity intake, client volume inside and system stability with clients queueing outside. This must be done at regular intervals throughout the day. Furthermore, there are plans to strengthen capacity with the filing of vacant positions of additional front office staff during the financial year 2022/23.

2. As part of the Western Cape Complaint resolution mechanism, the contact details of the Office Manager, District Manager and Provincial Manager are displayed in all front offices. Complaints escalated to the Provincial Manager are being recorded and monitored. All Front Office staff are required to wear name tags. Once a specific complaint related to a staff member’s conduct was received the District Manager will investigate and apply the necessary corrective measures. The aggrieved client will be provided with feedback and assisted as part of redress. All the staff members from the Somerset West Office are multilingual and are required to address clients in English. The Office has staff who is proficient in other languages should there be a specific request from a client.

3. Yes. The complaint was related to the alleged discrimination against a member from the LGBTQI community in August 2021.

a) There was no disciplinary hearing due to a lack of evidence against any specific employee.

b) A training session for all staff was facilitated by the District Manager: Operations to update staff on prevailing policies.

END

01 April 2022 - NW765

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Marais, Ms P to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What action has he taken to eradicate long queues at the Bloemfontein Home Affairs office?

Reply:

  • The Office Manager, Supervisors and floorwalkers manage long queues outside the offices and using manual ticket system to serve clients.
  • The public is given information relating to the requirements of various applications/ services in the morning before they enter the office.
  • The collection clients are also verified by service manager to avert a situation where the clients come to the office to check personally even if they did not receive the text SMS.
  • The collection counter is strategically placed to allow efficient and better flow of queues.
  • People with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant women and breast feeding mothers are prioritised and those who applied on line are also prioritised.
  • All the Births, Marriages and Death re-issues of certificates are prioritised as they are already on the system and most can be issued on the spot.
  • Back office staff assists at the front office during peak and high volume periods in line with the operations management principles.

To alleviate long queues at offices the Department has piloted the Branch Appointment Booking System at some live capture offices for Smart ID Card and Passports applications, as well as for the collections of both documents during the 2021/22 financial year. This system will allow clients to make a booking (appointment) and visit the office on the day and time of the appointment without standing in queues. The system will be rolled out to other identified high volume offices in the next years.

The Department also has a strategy to expand its infrastructure and its footprint, whereby currently twenty eighty (28) bank branches which are operational and available to service clients requiring DHA services. As part of the outreach programmes, mobile units are being deployed to far flung areas to deliver services to the public. There is currently a fleet of hundred (100) Mobile Units across the country. An additional ten (10) mobile units are being procured to increase the footprint in the department. The plan is to have all ten mobile units delivered before end of this financial year 2021/22.

END

01 April 2022 - NW388

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

What total number of (a) asylum transit visas in terms of section 23 of the Immigration Act, Act 13 of 2002 were granted in the period 1 February 2021 to 1 February 2022, (b)(i) section 21 applications in terms of the Refugees Act, Act 130 of 1998 have been made in the period 1 February 2021 to 1 February 2022 at Refugee Reception offices in the Republic and (ii) the specified section 21 applications were made at each specified Refugee Reception office and (c) section 22 asylum seeker visas have been granted in terms of the Refugees Act for the period 1 February 2021 to 1 February 2022?

Reply:

(a) There were only 6 (six) Section 23 visas issued in the period 1 February 2021 to 1 February 2022. These visas were all issued at OR Tambo International Airport.

(b)(i) For the period 1 February 2021 to 1 February 2022 a total 41 applications were captured due to special circumstances e.g writing matric, furthering studies or assuming new employment.

(b)(ii) These applications were granted at the following offices: 8 at Cape Town Refugee Reception Office and 33 at Desmond Reception Office.

(c) There were 155 thousand extensions granted during the period in question.

END

01 April 2022 - NW1057

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Arries, Ms LH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(What (a) is the current total number of foreign nationals that his department has marked for deportation and (b) plans has he put in place for the children of the specified foreign nationals who (i) were born in the Republic and (ii) are attending schools in the Republic?

Reply:

(a) The figures of cases which are being prepared for deportation are 323.

(b) Illegal foreign nationals who are detected as illegal in the country, but found to have children or family units are issued with Orders to Depart and not deported, in order to allow them time to make their own arrangements to leave the country.

(i) Children born in the Republic

In cases where parents do not have legal status, they are issued with Orders to Depart from the country with the minor child, as they are attended to in the spirit of family unit principle.

(ii) Children attending schools in the Republic

All learners in schools (South African or foreign national) are managed primarily by the Department of Basic Education, whose policy allows for provisional registration over a 90-day period. At the end thereof, a study visa or proof of application at the Visa Facilitation Services must be submitted.

In cases where minors are unaccompanied, the Department of Social Development (DSD) becomes involved when requested to perform a background verification of the child, and this would be done with the Social Development and, International Red Cross where, necessary in the country of origin.

After tracing the child’s family, the family’s immigration status in the country is also verified. The DSD prepares report and can apply through the Children’s Court for a court order to place the child or relocate them to their country of origin.

END

01 April 2022 - NW498

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Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What are the reasons for the long queues that the customers of the Alberton offices of his department have to endure to receive services; (2) (a) What (i) are the (aa) names and (bb) positions of the officials employed at the office and (ii) is the vacancy rate at the office and (b) on what date does his department intend to fill the vacancies; (3) Whether his department has any plans in place to bring its services closer to residents who have to travel from areas such as Thokoza, Palm Ridge and surrounding areas to Alberton to get services; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant timelines; (4) What IT systems does the office in Alberton use as residents report that the common reason they are given for the long queues is that the IT systems are down on a regular basis?

Reply:

 1) One of the root causes of long queues in DHA office is the office space constraints which limits the capacity of the office to accommodate its infrastructure and clients thereby it is not fit for purpose. Currently the total office space occupied by the department in Alberton office is approximately 594 square metres which is significantly lower than the norms and standard required by the Department. The office space constraints lead to overcrowding and long queues in and outside the office. Clients prefer to visit the Alberton office as opposed to other Home Affairs offices in the vicinity probably as a result of access to public transport and accessibility of secured public parking facilities.

(2)(a)(i)(aa) The Department can not divulge the names of the officials and their respective positions. However, the name and contact details of the local office manager is displayed in the office.

 

(2)(a)(i)(bb) & 2(a)(ii) The positions held and vacancy rate is as follows:

POSITIONS OF EMPLOYED OFFICIALS

SALARY LEVEL

NO OF OFFICIALS

VACANCY RATE

CLEANERS

3

1

0

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS

6

1

0

ADMINISTRATION CLERKS

6

16

0

CHIEF ADMINISTRATION CLERKS

7

2

0

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

7

1

0

CIVIC SERVICES SUPERVISOR

8

1

0

LOCAL OFFICE MANAGER

10

1

0

TOTAL

 

23

0%

(2)(b) The department will be prioritising Alberton amongst the offices that need additional staff in order to cope with the demand. As explained above civic support will be added with two positions and one position for Immigration service and will be considered for the next level of recruitment.

The business case regarding filling in of vacancies has been approved. The Department will resume the recruitment process as of the new financial year 2022/23.

3) The department has conducted geographic accessibility study used to revise the DHA Access Model. This DHA Hybrid access model provides the optimal number and location of offices the department requires to meet the service delivery levels based on the service norms and standards, including population threshold and the distance norm. Accordingly, the maximum distance norm of the department is set at 25km in urban areas and 20 km in rural areas. This implies that clients are considered having access to the department’s services if they travel 25km or less to DHA service points. Thus, Alberton office is within 25 km radius of the following DHA functional offices in the surrounding areas.

  • Germiston – 8 km
  • Johannesburg – 12 km
  • Edenvale – 15 km
  • Boksburg – 15 km

However, the Department also is looking at extending its services as it has a strategy to expand its infrastructure and its footprint. In so doing the Department also delivers services at twenty eighty (28) bank branches which are operational and available to service clients requiring DHA services. As part of its outreach programmes, there is currently a fleet of hundred (100) Mobile Units across the country that are deployed to far flung areas to deliver services to the public. An additional ten (10) mobile units are being procured to increase the footprint in the Department.

4) Alberton office uses the Live Capture System to process and issue smart ID cards and Passports, it also uses National Population Register System for processing and issuing Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates. The Department experiences system unavailability due to various causes like power outages, hardware issues, network outages, and application failures. Frequent network downtimes are experienced and the matter is dealt with by State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and the Department in terms of the SITA Act.

END

29 March 2022 - NW925

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What total number of girls under the age of 18 years have been married in the past five academic years in the Republic; (2) in which province and/or area has the practice of child marriage been the most prevalent?

Reply:

1. According to the departmental records on the National Population Register (NPR) the total number of girls under the age of 18 years married in the past eight years to date is as follows:

ACADEMIC YEAR

14

15

16

17

TOTAL UNDER-AGE MARRIAGES

2015

 

 

14

57

71

2016

 

1

5

56

62

2017

 

1

7

25

33

2018

 

 

11

16

27

2019

 

1

13

29

43

2020

 

 

8

21

29

2021

 

1

7

13

21

2022

 

 

 

1

1

TOTAL

 

4

65

218

287

2. The statistics above were recorded on the National Population Register (NPR) and were not registered per province. The statistics therefore only represent the total number of under-age marriages during the review period.

END

29 March 2022 - NW879

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) is the total number of incidents of (i) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual assault that were reported in his department (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2021, (b) number of cases (i) were opened and concluded, (ii) were withdrawn and (iii) remain open or pending based on the incidents and (c) sanctions were meted out against each person who was found guilty?

Reply:

a) The status of the reported cases for the Department is as follows:

(i) 2019/20 – 2 cases were reported;

2020/21 - 0 cases reported; and

2021/22 - 2 case was reported.

(ii) No incidences of sexual assault were reported in the last three financial years.

b) Since 1 April 2021, only 2 cases have been reported.

(i) 2 cases were opened, 1 in the Department and 1 reported to CCMA, none of these have been concluded;

(ii) No case has been withdrawn;

(iii) The 2 cases are still open, the case with the department is still undergoing a disciplinary process and the case CCMA is at arbitration stage

c) The sanction of dismissal was meted out to the employee who was found guilty.

 

END

29 March 2022 - NW696

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)With reference to the presentation of his department to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on 31 August 2021, wherein his department indicated that, in addition to the current 27 sites, it plans to roll out eHomeAffairs services to a further 43 sites in the near future, what are the (a) details of the progress and time frames for the roll-out to 43 additional sites and (b) plans and time frames of his department to expand services further in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 financial years; (2) what challenges are currently preventing the eHomeAffairs services from being available at ABSA Stellenbosch Branch, where the equipment has allegedly already been in place for two years?

Reply:

1. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and the Banks have not signed the Public Private Partnership (PPP) due to a number of pertinent issues that still need be resolved between the parties before the signing of the PPP agreements. These issues are related to: system support at the banks, allocation of dedicated DHA official per bank and also training of certain bank officials. Currently, the Civic Services team is under-capacitated across DHA Civic Services branches nationwide with no additional staff to send to the Banks. This issue is applicable to all potential banks for further rollout of the service, in question.

2. Indeed, equipment has been installed at ABSA Stellenbosch Branch, however there is no dedicated DHA official to be assigned to the branch. Furthermore, the issue of PPP sign-off is still pending and this will pave a way for the DHA to initiate a rollout plan (including human resources) with the banks who are will to participate and this includes ABSA Branch in Stellenbosch.

END

29 March 2022 - NW772

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What total number of undocumented children with no birth certificates are in the North West?

Reply:

The Department does not have the records of undocumented children as the records at its disposal are of those who are documented. As such it is difficult to ascertain the number of the undocumented children being those born to South African parents or foreign nationals. Undocumented persons have to present themselves for registration on the National Population Register by the Department to achieve such. Thus far the North West Province has received 4773 applications for children 14 years and younger, that are to be processed.

END

24 March 2022 - NW208

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

1)In light of the recent media reports that his department has cancelled a waiver programme that allowed foreign national graduates who studied in South Africa to stay in the Republic without first securing a permanent job position and/or providing any evidence of work experience, what are the (a) reasons that he was not aware of the waiver programme and (b) specific details of the programme; (2) whether the waiver programme has been cancelled, as reported in the media; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, from what date will the cancellation be effective; (3) whether there has been any investigation conducted by his office into the total number of foreign graduates who are still in the Republic despite not having secured any permanent employment yet; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The waiver was issued in 2016 long before I came to the Department and was never mentioned in any report. I was alerted to this waiver by the Director-General who himself was alerted by a phone interview on Thobela FM an SABC radio station, where a Zimbabwean citizen mentioned it.

(1)(b) In 2016 the Department only issued a waiver that allowed students who are studying towards a critical skill in terms of the old critical skills list of 2014, to be able to apply directly for permanent residence if they so opted. I am advised that this waiver was not in terms of the immigration laws and hence unlawful more so, it said the waiver is indefinite.

(2) Yes, the waiver has been withdrawn because we can’t perpetuate an illegality.

(3) No investigation has been conducted as graduates must ensure that they have the necessary valid visa if they stay in the RSA thereafter.

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23 March 2022 - NW512

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether his department is able to centrally monitor the number of people serviced daily at its offices; if not, (a) why not and (b) how is the allocation of resources to offices determined; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) On average, what number of members of the public are allowed in the queue waiting outside the Stellenbosch office of his department before the daily cut-off that determines the last person who will be assisted each day; (3) In general, (a) at what time of the day and (b) how are clients informed that persons who arrive after the last person identified for admission at the Stellenbosch office will not be assisted on the particular day; (4) Whether there are any plans to increase the capacity of the Stellenbosch office in order to serve more people daily; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) on what date is it anticipated that such measures will be implemented?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department is able to monitor people serviced daily at its offices. The Department uses the Branch Queue Management System (BQMS) where tickets are issued to clients based on the type of services they seek from the Department. Thus, the Department is able to analyse the total number of clients serviced per day and for which services. Furthermore, the Department is piloting the Branch Appointment Booking System to live capture offices for Smart ID Card and Passports applications, as well as for the collections of both documents. This system will allow clients to make a booking (appointment) and visit the office on the day and time of the appointment without standing in queues. Currently ten (10) offices have been successfully rolled out with the Branch Appointment Booking System and the system is now available for clients to make use of it. The booking system has been piloted to 8 of the 24 offices identified for the financial year 2021/22. The remaining 16 sites will be piloted by 31 March 2022. With this system the Department will be able to monitor and evaluate services required and the number of people served daily at it offices.

(1)(a) N/A

(1)(b) Currently the office resource capacity is 1x Office Manager and 5x Front Office Clerks. Resource allocation is determined by the current fixed staff establishment.

The resources for the Department’s service points is based on the DHA Access Model and geographic access norms and standards. The department locates offices in line with the population concentration and the Access Model recommended a Small office in Stellenbosch based on the total population. The Department determines the resources of its service points based on the size of the office and the population threshold for that office. Thus, the adequate capacity (human resources and counters) for Stellenbosch office is determined at 41 officials and 17 counters that should serve clients efficiently. Furthermore the office size should be 1746, however, the existing office is approximately 406 in size which is less than the office norms required. The Department through the implementation of the DHA Access Model will be acquiring alternative accommodation for Stellenbosch office that aligns to the model office design. This will address the existing challenges pertaining to over-crowding, long queues inside and outside the office. Furthermore, the Department has developed a business case on funding compensation of employees (COEs) which will ensure that front offices are fully capacitated.

(2) On average approximately 222 clients queue in front of the Stellenbosch office on a daily basis. Queues are not cut off or limited to any specific number. According to the Access norms and standards, a Small office has a population threshold of 168 000 people per annum, translating to 811 clients per day. However, due to the office space constraints and internal capacity, the office can only accommodate client commensurate with the capacity, that is, 222 clients that queue in Stellenbosch daily.

(3)(a) No clients are admitted after 15h30. Operating office hours are from 07h30 to 15h30 daily from Monday to Fridays.

(3)(b) All clients in the office are served. However, clients waiting outside are informed by the office manager/ floor walker on a 2 hourly basis of the number of clients inside the office being processed and the systems functionality.

(4)(a&b) Yes, there are plans to strengthen capacity and recruiting additional front office staff ie. 1x Civic Services Supervisor and 3x Front Office Clerks, to increase the intake capacity of the office.

The Department has developed the norms in relation to internal capacity in line with DHA Access Model and facility standards. According to the facility standards, Stellenbosch office requires 41 officials and currently have only 6 officials. A recruitment process will be initiated by the Department in the month of March 2022.

The Department has also submitted the strategic accommodation requirements to DPWI to determine budgetary requirements for the department’s infrastructure in order to allow the Department to apply for capital budget from National Treasury. The capital budget will ensure that the Department constructs/ acquires fit-for-purpose infrastructure. The Department will capacitate offices as and when alternative accommodation is sought.

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22 March 2022 - NW137

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What total number of (a) applications and (b) appeals for certain visas (details furnished) (i) were received by his department and (ii) are not yet finalised?

Reply:

(a)(i) As at 16 March 2022, the number of total applications received since 2014 was 1 196 659.

(a)(ii) Of the total mentioned above 242 642 were for visitor’s visa, 19 368 were for business visas, 513 642 were for general work visas, 33 479 were for critical skills visas, 94 042 were for study visas, 10 869 were for retirement visas, 91 540 were for relatives’ visas, 6 788 were for medical treatment visas and 56 108 were in other categories not on the requested list.

128 181 were applications for Permanent Residence permits.

Applications not yet finalised from the totals mentioned above were as follows 17 042 were for visitor’s visa, 59 were for business visas, 948 were for general work visas, 585 were for critical skills visas, 4 977 were for study visas, 602 were for retirement visas, 7 887 were for relatives’ visas, 296 were for medical treatment visas and 5 283 were in other categories not on the requested list.

Applications not yet finalized for Permanent Residence permits were 34 186.

(b)(i&ii) There are 2 875 Permanent Residence appeal applications and 516 Temporary Residence appeal applications that are not yet finalised.

END

 

22 March 2022 - NW717

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

(1) (What total number of (a) persons entered the Republic on a tourist visa in the years (i) 2015, (ii) 2016 and (iii) 2017 and (b) the specified persons exited the Republic the same year they entered?

Reply:

a) Persons that arrive in the Republic of South Africa for tourism purposes can be visa required or visa exempt. Upon entry, such international tourists are normally provided with a period of stay between 30 to 90 days.

Information on Purpose of Visit is collected for foreign arrivals into South Africa with the inclusion of the following categories considered as arrival statistics for tourism purposes:

  • Holiday/vacation
  • Visiting Family and Friends
  • Conferences
  • Visits under three months’ days

(i) 2015: 14 314 029

(ii) 2016: 15 256 448

(iii) 2017: 15 083 469

(b)The total recorded movements for traveller departures are the following:

(i) 2015: 14 174 416

(ii) 2016: 14 988 924

(iii) 2017: 14 929 567

The difference between arrivals and departures could arise as a carryover of movements into the next year or extension of the period of stay.

END

 

22 March 2022 - NW661

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) With reference to the services offered by his department’s office in Graaff-Reinet that do not reach the residents in all the towns in the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality, on what dates (a) did the mobile units visit the towns of (i) Aberdeen, (ii) Steytlerville, (iii) Jansenville, (iv) Klipplaat, (v) Rietbron and (vi) Willowmore in 2021 and (b) is it envisaged that the mobile units will be visiting the specified towns in 2022; (2) What (a) form of notification will be used to alert the residents of the specified towns of the visits by the mobile units and (b) services will his department be offering via the mobile units?

Reply:

1. Areas visited:

a) Yes, a Mobile Solution Truck did visit the areas of the Dr. Beyers Naudé Local Municipality in 2021, as indicated, here-below:

i) Aberdeen- 28th March 2021

20th April 2021

21st June 2021

6th July 2021

8th November 2021, and

18th November 2021

ii) Steytlerville – 20th January 2021

21st September 2021

23rd September 2021

21st October 2021

(iii) Jansenville - 26th April 2021

18th May 2021

15th September 2021 and

18th November 2021

(iv) Klipplaat - 17th May 2021

19th September 2021

20th October 2021

v) Reitbrone - 26th May 2021

vi) Willowmore - 17th May 2021

9th September 2021

18th September 2021

21st September 2021

10th October 2021

(vii) Baviaanskloof - 20th March 2021

26th June 2021

29th September 2021

2. In the year 2022 the Mobile Solution Truck visited Aberdeen on 16th February 2022, Jansenville on 17th February 2022, Klipplaat on 17th February 2022. As scheduled, it is envisaged that it will visit Willowmore on the 8th March 2022, Klipplaat on the 15th March 2022 and Steytlerville on the 16th March 2022. Other areas will be visited in April 2022, dates not yet confirmed.

2a) The Local Municipal / Home Affairs Stakeholder Forum Executive disseminates the envisaged visits through the Municipal Mayor, the Municipal Speaker, the Community Development Workers (CDWs), Ward Committees, and Councillors.

b) Smart ID Cards /Green Barcoded ID Books, Births Registrations, Re-Issues of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Amendments, and Rectifications

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18 March 2022 - NW372

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) For what total number of days was the eGazette website offline in the 202021 financial year, (b) for what total number of days was the website offline between 1 April 2021 and 9 February 2022 and (c) given the impact of downtime to court and legislative processes, what contingency processes are in place to ensure that the eGazette website remains online?

Reply:

a) For the said period the Government Printing Works website was never offline.

b) The Government Printing Works website was only offline from 31st January 2022 and restored on 13 February 2022. However, it subsequently went down again from 15 February 2022 to 21 February 2022 due to technical challenges experienced when the physical server on the DMZ which manages the website services crashed. During this period the publishing of the gazettes still continued and gazettes were made available to the public through the following channels:

The website came back online on the 22nd February 2022 and gazettes are being uploaded

c) During the time when the website was down, GPW ensured that all requested e-Gazettes were sent through to customers per email to avoid service interruptions and ensure business continuity. The channels mentioned in (b) above were used to keep customers updated.

GPW has developed a Business Technology Strategy and Plan that serves to migrate the ICT environment from the old to the new web service infrastructure to avoid a recurrence of the system crashes.

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15 March 2022 - NW160

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether he and/or his department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by his department in this regard?

Reply:

I have not received the attached letter, neither does the department have it on its records.

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15 March 2022 - NW422

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Given that the Government officially recognises the One China position which includes Taiwan in the People’s Republic of China, what is the reason that citizens of Taiwan are not afforded the convenience of e-visa services when applying to visit the Republic of South Africa?

Reply:

Our understanding of the China Policy is that if you extend e-visa to China, all territories that are regarded as part of China are automatically covered.

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