Questions and Replies

27 March 2019 - NW762

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

I have been informed by my Department as follows:

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

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

27 March 2019 - NW735

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

I have been informed by the Electoral Commission as follows:

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

(b) same as (a) above.

27 March 2019 - NW703

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

I have been informed by my Department as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

25 March 2019 - NW626

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

I have been informed by the Electoral Commission as follows:

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

25 March 2019 - NW131

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Bucwa, Ms H to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

25 March 2019 - NW568

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

I have been informed by the Electoral Commission as follows:

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

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

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

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

Canada; Toronto [267]

Cuba; Havana [395]

Democratic Republic of Congo; Lubumbashi [11]

Spain; Madrid [78]

07 March 2019 - NW347

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

01 March 2019 - NW261

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

The Department and entities responded as follows:

(i) Department of Home Affairs

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

(ii) Electoral Commission

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

(iii) Government Printing Works

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

Remarks: Reply: Approved / Not Approved

Ms N Mohoboko Dr Siyabonga Cwele, MP

A/Director-General Minister of Home Affairs

Date: Date:

25 February 2019 - NW94

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

25 February 2019 - NW93

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

 

25 February 2019 - NW92

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

20 February 2019 - NW105

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 February 2019 - NW90

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

SADC COUNTRIES

TOTAL NUMBER OF NATURALISED CITIZENS PER COUNTRY

ANGOLA

1

BOTSWANA

0

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

46

ESWATINI

16

LESOTHO

53

MADAGASCAR

0

MALAWI

16

MAURITIUS

0

MOZAMBIQUE

141

NAMIBIA

0

SEYCHELLES

0

TANZANIA

0

ZAMBIA

5

ZIMBABWE

142

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

SADC COUNTRIES

TOTAL NUMBER OF NATURALISED CITIZENS PER COUNTRY

ANGOLA

5

BOTSWANA

6

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

89

ESWATINI

12

LESOTHO

89

MADAGASCAR

0

MALAWI

18

MAURITIUS

5

MOZAMBIQUE

160

NAMIBIA

1

SEYCHELLES

0

TANZANIA

3

ZAMBIA

14

ZIMBABWE

141

20 December 2018 - NW3754

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

(a) 282

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

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

20 December 2018 - NW3636

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

2014 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABW EANS

MALES= 226

FEMALES= 10

236

19 TO 35

MOZAMBICANS

MALES - 436

FEMALES = 04

440

21 TO 45

LESOTHO

MALES = 49

FEMALES =05

54

19 TO 38

MALAWIAN

MALES = 144

FEMALES = 03

147

20 TO 45

SWAZILAND

MALES - 0

FEMALES = 02

02

19 TO 44

CONGOLESE

MALES = 01

FEMALES =0

01

22 TO 45

NIGERIANS

MALES =01

FEMALES = 0

01

21 TO 47

GAMBIAN

MALES = 01

FEMALE = 0

01

22 TO 45

CHINESE

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

23 TO 39

INDIA

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

20 TO 44

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES FOR THE YEAR 2014 WAS = 884

 

2015 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEAN

MALES= 147

FEMALES- 12

1 59

19 TO 35

MOZAMBICAN

MALES - 277

FEMALES - 13

290

21 TO 45

LESOTHO

MALES - 74

FEMALES =27

101

19 TO 38

MALAWIAN

MALES = 155

FEMALES = 05

160

20 TO 45

NIGERIAN

MALES =03

FEMALES - 0

03

21 TO 44

UGANDAN

MALES = 04

FEMALE = 0

04

22 TO 45

CONGO

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

19 TO 35

RWANDA

MALES = 02

FEMALE =0

02

23 TO 47

SWAZILAND

MALES - 01

FEMALE =01

02

22 TO 48

CHINESE

MALES = 01

FEMALE — 01

02

23 TO 46

INDIAN

MALES =01

FEMALE = 0

01

21 TO 45

BANGLADESH

MALES = 02

FEMALES =0

02

22 TO 35

MOROCCO

MALES = 01

FEMALES = 0

01

21 TO 45

   

TOTAL = 728

DEPORTEES IN 2015

 

2016 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEANS

MALES- 45

FEMALES= 01

46

19 TO 35

MOZAMBICANS

MALES = 139

FEMALES = 01

140

21 TO 45

NIGERIA

MALES - 01

FEMALES -0

01

19 TO 38

MALAWIANS

MALES - 35

FEMALES = 03

38

20 TO 45

ZAMBIA

MALES = 03

FEMALES = 0

03

19 TO 44

BANGLADESH

MALES = 01

FEMALE =0

01

19 TO 45

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES IS

= 229 FOR 2016

 

2017 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEANS

MALES =19

FEMALES = 06

25

18 TO 39

MOZAMBICANS

MALES =45

45

19 TO 45

MALAWIANS

MALES = 16

16

18 TO 49

EGYPTIANS

MALE =01

01

21 TO 49

NIGERIANS

MALE = 01

01

19 TO 45

UGANDAN

MALE = 01

01

21 TO 48

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES IS

= 89

 

 

2018 DEPORTATION STATS

(b) COUNTRIES

(c)(i) GENDER

  1. TOTAL NUMBER

(c)(ii) AGE GROUP

ZIMBABWEANS

MALES= 10

FEMALES = 03

13

19 TO 45

ETHOPIANS

MALES = 01

01

20 TO 35

MALAWIANS

MALES = 16

16

18 TO 44

MOZAMBICANS

MALES = 09

09

19 TO 36

LESOTHOS

MALES = 04

04

19 TO 40

   

TOTAL DEPORTEES IS

= 43

 

Summary: Number of Deportees in 2014 is 884

Number of Deportees in 2015 is 728

Number of Deportees in 2016 is 229

Number of Deportees in 2017 is 89

Number of Deportees in 2018 is 43

20 December 2018 - NW3725

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Mulaudzi, Mr TE to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

20 December 2018 - NW3748

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

(a) 15 917

(b) R26,873,521.38

20 December 2018 - NW3784

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Mahlalela, Mr AF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

20 December 2018 - NW3635

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

06 November 2018 - NW3013

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

23 October 2018 - NW2817

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

 

23 October 2018 - NW2834

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

05 October 2018 - NW2683

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

(i) 1 079 Passport applications from abroad

(b) Special Investigation

Citizenship Verification

Manual Fingerprint Verification

HANIS Investigation

Manual record retrieval

(c) 2017 – Tourist Passport (Adult) 417

Travel Document (Minor) 9

426

2018 – Tourist Passport (Adult) 78

Maxi Passport 2

Travel Document (Adult) 567

Travel Document (Minor) 6

653

 

Total 1 079

 

(ii) 3 931 Citizenship applications

(b) Manual verification of permanent residence permits.

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

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

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

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

2002/03/04 to 2018/09/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

18 September 2018 - NW2567

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

Department of Home Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Electoral Commission

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

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

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

(1)(b) 2

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

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

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

(1)(b) 6

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

(2)(b)(i) None

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

(2)(b)(ii) 1

Government Printing Works

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

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

(1)(a)(aa) 2

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

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

(2)(a)(i) 1

(2)(a)(ii) 0

(2)(b) 1

18 September 2018 - NW2516

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

a) Department of Home Affairs

(i)(aa) R0

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

(i)(bb)(bbbb) Not Applicable

(i)(b)(bb) Not applicable

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

b) Electoral Commission

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

b) Government Printing Works

(i) None

(ii) None

(aa) None

(bb) None

(aaa) None

(aaaa) Not applicable

(bbbb) Not applicable

(bbb) Not applicable

18 September 2018 - NW2485

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

11 September 2018 - NW2530

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

10 September 2018 - NW2431

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

The Department and entities responded as follows:

(i) Department of Home Affairs

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

(ii) Government Printing Works

  1. None
  2. Not applicable

(iii) Electoral Commission

  1. None
  2. Not applicable

10 September 2018 - NW2230

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

 

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

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

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

05 September 2018 - NW2246

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

(1) Those are decisions finalised by SCRA.

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

(aa) FOR SCRA

Year

Decisions taken by RSDO (a)

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

Manifestly Unfounded automatic refer to SCRA (ii)

2008

69114

Not Available

2009

50622

18856

27199

     

Upheld
18239

Set Aside
472

2010

77071

24827

42161

     

Upheld
30995

Set Aside
196

2011

43953

16875

20275

     

Upheld
6680

Set Aside
13

2012

63228

25037

31965

     

Upheld
38628

Set Aside
263

2013

68241

35402

25553

     

Upheld
9404

Set Aside
94

2014

75733

29545

36958

     

Upheld
22972

Set Aside
247

2015

60640

14093

44048

     

Upheld
16884

Set Aside

1777

2016

41241

21693

16391

     

Upheld
24516

Set Aside
1894

2017

27980

6819

18894

     

Upheld
15534

Set Aside
1843

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

(bb) FOR RAB:

CASES RECEIVED BY RAB AS UNFOUNDED AND FINALISED

YEAR

UNFOUNDED REFERRED TO RAB (i)

RECEIVED

FINALISED (ii)

2008

Not Available

3877

1550

2009

18856

4601

4139

2010

24827

4879

3420

2011

16875

4362

5434

2012

25037

4958

4886

2013

35402

9413

2743

2014

29545

15452

4466

2015

14093

14475

4993

2016

21693

4455

2670

2017

6819

10117

5261

3(a) The information is as follows:

Year

(aa) Asylum Seeker

(bb) Refugee Status

2013

630

712

2014

399

523

2015

1089

1021

2016

435

792

2017

238

1115

2018

14

758

Total

2805

4921

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(ii) Refugees Identity and Travel Documents

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

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

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

Area of responsibility

2017

Legacy

Total

RSDO

623

997

1620

SCRA

9836

30490

40326

RAB

5246

142548

147794

27 August 2018 - NW2252

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

b) The price of passport has not changed.

17 July 2018 - NW1993

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

(a) Not applicable

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

16 July 2018 - NW1821

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

10 July 2018 - NW896

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) Who took the decision to appeal the report by the Public Protector entitled Inappropriate Moves, (b) can he provide Mr M Waters with the minutes which reflect the decision that was taken and (c) what was the total cost of the appeal to the Independent Electoral Commission?

Reply:

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

a) The Electoral Commission did not file an appeal against the Public Protector Report.

b) There are therefore no minutes reflecting that decision.

c) There were no costs incurred as there was no appeal against the Public Protector Report.

06 July 2018 - NW2132

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to his reply to question 895 on 17 April 2018, who are the (a) trustees and (b) beneficiaries of the Riverside Trust (IT Nr IT3670/2009)?

Reply:

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

(a-b) The information requested is not immediately available and the current owners of the Riverside Office Park have been instructed to provide the details of trustees and beneficiaries of the Riverside Trust (IT Nr IT3670/2009).

Upon receipt by the Electoral Commission, the information will be forwarded.

06 July 2018 - NW2128

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) With regard to his reply to question 839 on 17 April 2018, where he states that the details of the complainant in the matter is currently unknown to the Commission, why did the Electoral Commission of South Africa not file a complaint in relation to the Public Protector’s report; (2) whether he has found that the Commission complied with section 34 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004; if not, how was this conclusion reached; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

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

1. A hitherto unknown complainant filed a complaint with the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigations (DPCI). The Commission became aware that a complaint had been lodged whilst it was still considering the report of the Public Protector and when some of its officials were being interviewed as part of the DPCI investigation.

2. Having noted that a complaint had already been laid and that an investigation was already under way, the Commission regarded the reporting required under section 34 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (POCCA), Act 12 of 2004 as no longer needing its further consideration as the investigation in terms of section 22 of the POCCA Act had already commenced.

27 June 2018 - NW1862

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of racism that were reported to the human resources offices in (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

The Department and entities responded as follows:

(i) Department of Home Affairs

(1)(a) No incidents of racism were reported to the human resources office in 2016 and 2017.

(1)(b) Not applicable

(2) Not applicable

(ii) Government Printing Works

(1)(a)(aa) 2016 – 1

(1)(a)(bb) 2017 – 1

(1)(b) 2016 – Racist incitement

   2017– Social media posting

(2) Yes. The employee was dismissed in the 2016 incident and 2017 case employee not found guilty.

(ii) Electoral Commission

(1)(a) No incidents of racism were reported to the human resources office in 2016 and 2017.

(1)(b) Not applicable

(2) Not applicable

27 June 2018 - NW1970

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What number of rejected asylum applications were (a) taken on review, (b) opposed by his department and (c) successful at court (i) in each of the past five calendar years and (ii) since 1 January 2018; (2) were any directives given to or policies adopted by (a) the State Attorney or (b) refugee reception offices to oppose or reject (i) every application for the review of asylum, (ii) all applications or (iii) applications from specific countries?

Reply:

(1)(a) As per the table below:

Year

Judicial Reviews

2013

746

2014

522

2015

1282

2016

887

2017

1128

2018

723

Total

5288

(1)(b) All these judicial review applications were opposed.

(1)(c) The Department does not have a litigation case management system in terms of which matters that were won or lost in court are recorded. The only system that is currently in use is a basic system that merely records new court matters.

2. There are no directives given to or policies adopted by the State Attorney and/or Refugee Reception Offices to oppose or reject every application for the review of asylum, all applications or applications from specific countries.

27 June 2018 - NW1971

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) are the minimum educational and experience requirements for (i) Refugee Status Determination officers, (ii) Refugee Appeal Board members and (iii) Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs members and (b)(i) training and (ii) support materials does his department provide for the specified members? (2) were any directives given to or policies adopted by (a) the State Attorney or (b) refugee reception offices to oppose or reject (i) every application for the review of asylum, (ii) all applications or (iii) applications from specific countries?

Reply:

Section 10 (4) and 13 (2) of Refugee Act 130 of 1998 states that one member of SCRA as well as RAB must be legally qualified to serve on the board. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) however requires that a member of SCRA as well as RAB should have LLB/Legal degree or equivalent qualification with three years of experience in Legal or Immigration Field relevant to Asylum Seeker Management Environment.

Section 8 (3) of Refugee Act 130 of 1198 requires that the DG should ensure that Refugee Reception Officers (RRO) and Refugee Status Determination Officers (RSDO) appointed under this section receives the additional training necessary to enable them to perform their functions properly.

The Learning Academy annually plans and provides Asylum Seeker Management related training to RROs and RSDOs. This training is offered mainly through NQF 5 qualification (National Certificate: Home Affairs Services) registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Some of the Unit Standards offered within this qualification are Adjudicate a claim for Refugee Status, Refugee Affairs, Human Rights and Counter Xenophobia. The Learning Academy further provides additional relevant training outside the National Certificate: Home Affairs such as systems training (NIIS), Case Management System, Performance Management, Diversity (LGBTI), Automated Booking Terminal System and DHA 1590 Application Forms (New Application Forms).

The Learning Academy has planned four training and development interventions (Refugee Law, Country of Origin Research, Counter Xenophobia and Social Cohesion and Foreign Languages) during the financial year 2018/2019 to capacitate RROs and RSDOs. The Learning Academy consults regularly with SCRA on training related matters as depicted in section 8 (3) and 39 of the Refugees Act, 1998.

The Learning Academy has provided training to SCRA and RAB administrative staff in the past. SCRA and RAB board members fall outside the scope of the DHA as they are appointed according to Refugee Act 130 of 1998 and not the Public Service Act. They are also expected to function without any bias and maintain their independence at all times as specified in section 9 (2) and 12 (3) of the Refugees Act, 1998.

27 June 2018 - NW2002

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether the Independent Electoral Commission has sufficient funding for two national registration weekends in its 2018-19 budget; if not, (a) what amount has been allocated to the commission for the national registration weekends and (b) what is the shortfall; (2) what (a) was the total cost of conducting each national registration weekend in the past five financial years and (b) is the budgeted cost for the remaining registration weekend(s) for the 2019 national elections?

Reply:

1. No, the Electoral Commission does not have sufficient funding for two national registration weekends.

(a) During the 2017 MTEF National Treasury allocated R630 million in 2018-19 for two main registration weekends and some NPE 2019 election related activities. Of this amount, approximately R581 million related to the two main registration weekends and the remaining R49 million related to preparatory work for the 2019 NPE such as the procurement of components of the bill of materials.

(b) Due to inter-alia the lack of funding by National Treasury in relation to initiatives taken by the Electoral Commission with regards to the rectification of voters’ addresses on the national voters’ roll stemming from the Constitutional Court ruling, the cyclical ICT hardware and platform refresh and the partial funding of the new voter registration devices, the overall shortfall in the 2018-19 financial year is R346 million. This budget shortfall necessitated that funds amounting to R211 million which was earmarked for the registration weekends, be reprioritised to address these critical unfunded projects. The remainder of the shortfall (R135 million) was funded by delaying and reprioritising certain projects.

It should be noted that the R211 million that was originally allocated for a second registration weekend does not include the imperative to have an average of three electoral staff members per voting station. At the time of the 2017 MTEF it was envisaged that there would only be two staff members per voting station.

2. (a) The actual cost of the registration drives held over the past five financial years are as follows:

  • November 2013: R280.5 million
  • February 2014: R209.9 million
  • March 2016: R314.7 million
  • April 2016: R192.5 million
  • March 2018: R219.6 million

(b) The budgeted cost for the planned February 2019 registration drive for the 2019 NPE is R419 million. This includes an additional staff member per voting station (R32 million), necessitated by the need to harvest addresses, and an additional training day (R17 million) on the new voter registration devices.

27 June 2018 - NW2021

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What are the details of the (a) number of accidents that vehicles owned by his department were involved (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018, (b) cost for repairs in each case and (c)(i) number of and (ii) reasons for vehicles being written off in each case; (2) Whether all vehicles owned by his department have tracking devices installed?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) and (ii) as tabulated hereunder:

 

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Number of State owned DHA vehicles involved in accidents

69

72

50

5

Number of State owned vehicles written off

15

21

5

1

Please note ‘accidents’ involve all incidents where damage is caused to a State owned vehicle. This includes cracked windscreens and burst tyres.

(1)(b) For detail see schedule attached marked annexure A.

(1)(c)(i) See table above

(1)(c)(ii) Uneconomical to repair

(2) None of the State owned DHA vehicles are fitted with tracking devices.

27 June 2018 - NW1913

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment that were reported to the human resources offices of (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

The Department and entities responded as follows:

(i) Department of Home Affairs

(1)(a)(aa) One

(1)(a)(bb) One

(1)(b) 2016

  • The case involved a female foreign national (the complainant) and an immigration officer at level 8 (the alleged perpetrator). Charges of misconduct were preferred against the Officer and a disciplinary hearing was held. The Officer was found guilty and a sanction of dismissal was pronounced by the chairperson of the disciplinary hearing. The dismissal was implemented. From the employee side the matter have been taken for review of the decision of the presiding officer.
  • The employee took the matter to the Labour Court for review – the case is still pending.

(1)(b) 2017

  • This case was registered as a grievance but the case was investigated and an outcome was issued. The employee consequently registered a dispute with CCMA based on sexual harassment. The Commissioner ruled that the employee must be compensated for sexual harassment. The department implemented the sanction and the employee was compensated.
  • The case is completed and concluded - closed.

(2) Yes. The outcomes of the two cases investigated are detailed in (1)(b) above.

(ii) Electoral Commission

(1)(a)(aa) None

(1)(a)(bb) None

(1)(b) Not applicable

(2) Not applicable

(ii) Government Printing Works

(1)(a) (aa) None

(1)(a)(bb) One

(1)(b) There was an allegation of unacceptable utterances (sexual comments) reported.

(2) Yes. The employee was given verbal warning.

27 June 2018 - NW1901

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether all members of the senior management service (SMS) in his department had declared their interests for the past year as required by the Public Service Regulations; if not, (a) why not, (b) how many of the specified members did not declare their interests and (c) what are the (i) names and (ii) ranks of the specified noncompliant members of the SMS; (2) whether noncompliant SMS members have been charged; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what number (a) of employees in his department at each post level are currently suspended on full salary and (b) of the specified employees at each post level have been suspended for the specified number of days (details furnished); (4) what is the total amount of cost attached to the days of service lost as a result of the suspensions in each specified case?

Reply:

1. All SMS members save for one, submitted their financial interests as required by the law.

(1)(a) The SMS member was appointed on the 01st March, 2018, and failed to submit her financial interests within 30 days of her appointment.

(1)(b) One.

(1)(c)(i-ii) R M Tlou - Director.

2. The SMS member was charged and sanction of Final Written Warning was meted out.

(3)(a) Post Level 6 = 21

Post Level 8 = 1

Post Level 10 = 1

(3)(b) Post Level 6:

(i) Less than 60 days=0

(ii) 60 to 90 days=0

(iii) 90 to 120 days=21

(iv) Longer than 120 days=0

Post Level 8:

(i) Less than 60 days=0

(ii) 60 to 90 days=0

(iii) 90 to 120 days=1

(iv) Longer than 120 days=0

Post Level 10:

(i) Less than 60 days=0

(ii) 60 to 90 days=0

(iii) 90 to 120 days=1

(iv) Longer than 120 days=0

4. Total amount of cost attached to the days of service lost as a result of the suspensions is R 1 068,490.13

27 June 2018 - NW1769

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a)What number of legal cases were initiated against (i) him and (ii) his department in each year since 1 April 2013 by applicants for (aa) asylum and (bb) refugee status, (b) what number of the specified cases did his department (i) win, (ii) lose and/or (iii) receive a cost order against them in each case and (c) what total amount did his department incur in legal expenses (i) to defend the specified cases and (ii) in respect of cost orders granted against them?

Reply:

(a) The information is as follows:

Year

(aa) Asylum Seeker

(bb) Refugee Status

2013

630

712

2014

399

523

2015

1089

1021

2016

435

792

2017

238

1115

2018

14

758

Total

2805

4921

Total litigation instituted by asylum seekers and refugees to date is 7726.

(b) The Department does not have a litigation case management system in terms of which matters that were won or lost in court are recorded. The only system that is currently in use is a basic system that merely records new court matters. However, litigation brought against the Department by asylum seekers is essentially contextualised as follows:-

New Asylum Seekers

1. These are illegal foreigners detained at Lindela Repatriation Centre (“Lindela”) or Police Stations, seeking urgent court orders to be released from detention on the basis that they are new asylum seekers who wish to be afforded the opportunity to apply for asylum.

2. The Department does not seek to oppose such applications and simply consent to court orders releasing these applicants. These court orders invariably carry cost orders. However, in most such cases, courts do not award costs to the applicants and simply order their release in order to allow them to apply for asylum. This is in line with the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment of BULA and Others / Minister of Home Affairs and Others in which the court held that once the intention to apply for asylum is indicated, an asylum seeker is entitled to protective provision by the Republic of South Africa under International Law.

3. These court applications are more often than not settled in both parties favour in that asylum seekers (the applicants) are released from detention and afforded the opportunity to apply for asylum and no costs orders are made against the Department.

Asylum Seeker Appeals to the Refugee Appeals Board (“RAB”).

1. These are asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected by the Refugee Status Determination Officer (“RSDO”) on the grounds that their applications are unfounded. Such asylum seekers may appeal the RSDO’s decision to the RAB.

2. During the period 2013 – 2016, the RAB experienced capacity challenges which led to a huge backlog in finalising the appeals. This resulted in huge amounts of litigation in terms of which asylum seekers whose applications were pending before the RAB would launch court applications compelling the RAB to either furnish them with interview dates and/or finalise their decisions.

3. Because of the nature of this litigation, the Department and/or RAB had no legal grounds to oppose them and as a consequence, there were costs orders occasioned by these applications.

4. However, since having addressed the capacity constraints at the RAB, this nature of litigation has ceased.

 

Failed Asylum Seekers

1. These are those asylum seekers/applicants whose applications have either been rejected by the Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs (“SCRA”) or the RAB.

2. The rejection by the SCRA or the RAB renders such asylum seekers illegal foreigners in the Republic and therefore liable for arrest and detention for the purposes of deportation.

3. Upon arrest, failed asylum seekers approach the courts to seek orders to review and set aside the rejections. Such applications are normally brought in two parts, namely Part A and Part B. In Part A, the applicants seek orders to be released from detention pending finalisation of Part B. In Part B, the applicants seek orders to review and set aside the decision of the SCRA or the RAB.

4. Ordinarily, in Part A of the application, there are no orders as to costs. However, in Part B, parties incur costs. Part B is seldom set down for hearing as the intention of the failed asylum seeker is never to prosecute the review, but rather to secure an indefinite stay in the Republic. Costs in these review applications are also reserved pending the finalisation of these review applications.

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

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

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

2. Refugees Identity and Travel Documents

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

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

(c) The Department is not in a position to furnish information on legal costs, as such information is not readily available to the Department. Settlement of legal costs against the State remains the responsibility of the State Attorneys who, in normal circumstances, are attorneys of record for the State.

As can be noted, legal costs occasioned by litigation arising out of asylum seekers and refugees is largely as a result of applications brought to compel the Department to issue refugee IDs and/or travel documents, or to make decisions on applications submitted in terms of section 27(c) of the Refugees Act.

 

14 June 2018 - NW1766

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) What number of Refugee Status Determination Officers (RSDOs) were employed in the country (i) in each of the past 10 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018, (b) where were or are they stationed, (c) how many cases came before them in each specified year and (d) what is the number of decisions taken on applications before the RSDOs in each specified year; (2) (a) what is the number of the applications that were ruled as unfounded in each region in each specified year, (b) what number of the applications were ruled as manifestly unfounded in each region in each specified year and (c) what is the number of successful applications in each region in each specified year?

Reply:

(1)(a-b) Data files for 2008 to 2010 are not available and therefore information can only be provided as from April 2011.

Apr-11

Office

Total

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CAPE TOWN

21

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CROWN MINES

56

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE DURBAN

12

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MARABASTAD

31

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MUSINA

9

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PORT ELIZABETH

6

Grand Total

135

   

Apr-12

 

Office

Total

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CAPE TOWN

19

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CROWN MINES

50

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE DURBAN

11

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MARABASTAD

30

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MUSINA

8

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PORT ELIZABETH

6

Grand Total

124

   

Apr-13

 

Office

Total

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PORT ELIZABETH

4

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PRETORIA (MARABASTAD)

78

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE DURBAN

11

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MUSINA

20

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CAPE TOWN

26

Grand Total

139

   

Apr-14

 

Office

Total

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PORT ELIZABETH

5

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PRETORIA (MARABASTAD)

79

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE DURBAN

14

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MUSINA

20

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CAPE TOWN

25

Grand Total

143

   

Apr-15

 

Office

Total

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PORT ELIZABETH

2

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PRETORIA (MARABASTAD)

76

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE DURBAN

13

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MUSINA

20

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CAPE TOWN

21

Grand Total

132

   

Apr-16

 

Office

Total

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PORT ELIZABETH

2

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PRETORIA (MARABASTAD)

75

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE DURBAN

12

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MUSINA

18

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CAPE TOWN

17

Grand Total

124

   

Apr-17

 

Office

Total

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CAPE TOWN

15

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE DURBAN

12

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MUSINA

18

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PORT ELIZABETH

2

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PRETORIA (MARABASTAD)

74

Grand Total

121

   

Apr-18

 

Office

Total

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE CAPE TOWN

15

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE DURBAN

12

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE MUSINA

18

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PORT ELIZABETH

2

REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE PRETORIA (MARABASTAD)

70

Grand Total

117

(1)(c-d)

Year

Applications received

Adjudications

2017

24174

27980

2016

35377

41241

2015

62159

60640

2014

71914

75733

2013

70010

68241

2012

85058

63226

2011

106904

43953

2010

124336

77071

2009

223324

157204

2008

207206

69114

2 (a) Unfounded as follows:

Year

Cape Town / PE

Port Elizabeth

Durban

Musina

Johannesburg

Desmond Tutu

2017

552

 75

3435

2138

 

619

2016

1801

 ***Refer to comment below

7009

4227

 

8656

2015

1240

 ***Refer to comment below

3347

1793

 

7713

2014

8517

 ***Refer to comment below

3478

2865

 

14685

2013

3105

 ***Refer to comment below

3101

3977

 

15370

2012

2782

225

3351

1929

 

16750

2011

952

1033

2988

6

3744

8152

2010

*24827 Refer to comment below

2009

5186

3178

9490

2972

26210

25561

2008

*Refer to comment below

2 (b) Manifestly Unfounded as follows:

Year

Cape Town / PE

Port Elizabeth

Durban

Musina

Johannesburg

Desmond Tutu

2017

326

24

1271

945

 

16328

2016

644

 ***Refer to comment below

1721

2990

 

11036

2015

773

 ***Refer to comment below

1117

8134

 

34024

2014

1997

 ***Refer to comment below

336

10326

 

24299

2013

2803

 ***Refer to comment below

808

8072

 

23719

2012

3898

32

518

3193

 

24322

2011

3428

624

278

0

1940

14005

2010

**42161 Refer to comment below

2009

6618

3501

7436

5641

10696

39745

2008

*Refer comment below

2 (c) Successful applications as follows:

Year

Cape Town

Port Elizabeth

Durban

Musina

Johannesburg

Desmond Tutu

2017

 105

231

307

14

 

1610

2016

1523

 ***Refer to comment below

414

1

 

1219

2015

328

 ***Refer to comment below

71

0

 

2100

2014

2965

 ***Refer to comment below

238

3

 

6024

2013

2593

 ***Refer to comment below

223

2

 

4468

2012

1806

441

287

8

 

3684

2011

633

765

520

78

2251

2556

2010

**10083 Refer to comment below

2009

2628

889

1310

65

4671

1407

2008

2973

862

746

53

2059

356

Comment:

* During 2008 the total rejections (unfounded and manifestly unfounded) were recorded as 62,065. However, they were not separated into the various categories.

** During 2010 successful applications and rejections were not recorded per office.

*** From 2013 to 2016 Port Elizabeth cases were processed under the Cape Town server.

14 June 2018 - NW1425

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with reference to the Minister of Finance’s reply to question 43 on 2 May 2018, he intends to repay some and/or all of the expenses incurred by the National Treasury for a certain person’s (name furnished) official travel since 1 April 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Ministers’ spouses are allowed to travel with their partners abroad on official trips as per Ministerial Handbook. The policy applies to all executive members and there is no provision currently that talks of repayment.

14 June 2018 - NW1652

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, have been referred to the (i) SA Police Service (SAPS) and (ii) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by (aa) his department and (bb) each entity reporting to him for further investigation since the Act was assented to and (b) what number of the specified cases have (i) been investigated by SAPS and DPCI, (ii) been followed up by the respective accounting officers and (iii) resulted in a conviction in each specified financial year since 2004?

Reply:

The Question was referred to the Department and entities which responded as follows:

(aa) Department of Home Affairs

(a) 286 cases were submitted to (i) SA Police Service (SAPS) and (ii) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation DPCI)

(b)(i-ii) 286 cases of fraud and corruption were investigated and arrests were effected. The number of arrests are as follows:

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

40 arrests

No stats available

9 arrests

4 arrests

19 arrests

6 arrests

54 arrests

125 arrests

29 arrests

(b)(iii) The Department does not readily have the number of convictions.

(bb) Electoral Commission

(a) No cases were referred in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended to:

(i) The SAPS, and

(ii) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI)

9b) (i-iii) Not applicable

(bb) Government Printing Works

(a) (i) Two were referred to the SAPS – Case numbers (CAS 1201/09/2011) and CAS 688/11/2016)

     (ii)0

(b) (i) Two

(ii) Two

 (iii) One

14 June 2018 - NW1767

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

1)(a) What number of (i) Refugee Appeal Boards (RABs) were active in the country (aa) in each of the past 10 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018 and (b) persons served on each RAB, (c) what number of times had each RAB met annually and (d) what total number of cases were brought before each RAB annually; (2) what total number of (a) decisions were taken by each RAB annually and (b) the rulings of each RAB were (i) upheld and (ii) set aside in each case?

Reply:

(1)(a) There is only one Refugee Appeal Board. RAB was established in terms of Section 12 of the Refugees Act no 130 of 1998 (the Act).

(1)(b) Currently there is three persons serving on RAB, two members and a member who is also the Chairperson. The amount of members has fluctuated over the years since 2000. The most members at any one time were six in total.

(1)(c) RAB meets on average three times in formal meetings to discuss and decide on its Rules and Practice Note, Regulations and other administrative decisions about its hearings and decisions. RAB had three annual formal meetings during financial year 2017/2018. RAB meets informally before each hearing week. For financial year 2017/2018 RAB conducted six hearing cycles in all five regions.

(1)(d) The number of cases dealt with on an annual basis by the RAB since 2010 are listed in the table below.

(2)(a-b) Various categories and number of decisions taken by the RAB annually are tabulated hereunder:

RAB DECISIONS 2010-2017

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Hearings conducted

0

2266

1497

2543

2743

1020

124

399

Condonations Dismissed

109

166

85

302

65

22

518

268

Condonations Granted

71

56

119

232

145

247

2

7

Dismissed

900

3982

1461

1537

1580

1310

159

193

Upheld

84

110

48

66

70

118

56

21

No Show

 0

107

12

69

24

108

135

50

Cancelled

 0

46

109

23

 0

67

19

2196

Member

5

7

5

6

6

6

2

3

Quorum

Single member hearings

Single member hearing

Single member hearings

Single member hearings

Single/Three member hearings

Single/Three

member hearings

Not operating for most of 2016

Three member hearings

 

08 June 2018 - NW1768

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) What number of (i) Standing Committees for Refugee Affairs (SCRAs) were active in the country (aa) in each of the past 10 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018 and (ii) persons served on each SCRA, (b) what number of times had each SCRA met annually and (c) what total number of cases were brought before each SCRA annually; (2) What total number of (a) decisions were taken by each SCRA annually and (b) the rulings of each SCRA were (i) upheld and (ii) set aside in each case?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) (aa) and (bb). Since its inception there was always just one Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs active in the RSA.

(1)(a)(i) SCRA consists of one Chairperson and two members.

(1)(b) SCRA convenes on a daily basis.

(1)(c) Table 1 indicates the number of cases brought before SCRA annually from 2008 to2018.

(2)(a),(b)(i) and (ii) only one SCRA existed since its inception and the total number of decisions taken annually in terms of section 24(3)(b) of the Refugees Act 130 of 1998 can be viewed in Table 1.

Table 1: In terms of Section 24(3) (b) of the Refugees Act 130 of 1998 decisions reviewed by SCRA.

YEAR

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

UPHELD

4313

18239

30995

6680

38628

9404

22972

16884

24516

15534

8006

SET ASIDE

186

472

196

13

263

94

247

1777

1894

1843

1769

TOTAL

4499

18711

31191

6693

38891

9498

23219

18661

26410

17377

9775

08 June 2018 - NW1631

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What additional steps are in place to accommodate disabled voters who want to vote and/or register when the voting station is not disabilities friendly? (2) Will kerbside assistance be given to disabled voters on registration and voting days?

Reply:

1. The Electoral Commission provides a wheel-chair friendly voting compartment for those voters who use wheel-chairs as well as the braille Universal Ballot Template for those voters who are braille literate.

Furthermore the Electoral Commission regularly conducts voting station facilities surveys to assess the availability of key facilities which include disability accessibility to its voting stations. In ensuring accessibility of the voting stations by disabled voters, the Electoral Commission shares the outcome of the voting stations facilities survey with state and other landlords so that the latter may improve the quality and extent of amenities at voting stations including access for disabled voters.

Additionally, voters who are physical infirm to the extent that they are unable to present themselves at voting stations for either registration or voting may apply for registration at home or place of confinement and/or a special vote at home or place of confinement.

2. Kerbside assistance to disabled voters is provided by voting station staff in terms of Section 39 of the Electoral Act (Act 27 of 1998).