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30 October 2019 - NW1084

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to case number 77944/2016 in the matter between Y V Chisuse and four others and the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs in the Gauteng Division of the High Court, (a) why did his department, more than two years after the court order to file answering papers within 20 days, not do so in spite of the court’s warning that such failure would permit the applicants to proceed unopposed with serious consequences to his department and (b) what steps have been taken against the person(s) in his department responsible for the negligent failure to respond in this case?

Reply:

The matter is presently before the Constitutional Court and therefore, I will not be able to answer the question.

23 October 2019 - NW981

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What are the details of the (a) progress of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) process for the appointment of a new service provider for visa services and (b)(i) steps that must be followed and (ii) deadline of each step to ensure that the PPP process for the appointment of a service provider is completed before the expiry date of the Visa Facilitation Service contract? NW2133E

Reply:

(a) Implementation of a PPP process is dependent on the completion of a preliminary market evaluation. This is to be undertaken through the publication of a Request for Information (RFI). Specifications for the RFI had to be drafted, and this was undertaken by an appointed Bid Specification Committee (BSC). The specifications were approved by the Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC) on 11th September 2019. On the same date the BAC also resolved to support the registration of the PPP with National Treasury (NT).

(b)(i) The resolution of the BAC is that the RFI specifications should be validated with the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of NT. Validity means that the specifications are complete and suitable for public gazetting of the RFI.

(b)(ii) The process of registering a PPP is guided by National Treasury Regulation 16 (attached). This process and the timelines attached to it are outside the control of Home Affairs due to the activities that are required such as those mentioned in paragraph 16.2 to 16.8 of the Regulations.

The Department is therefore unable to confirm with certainty on whether the PPP process would have been finalised before the expiry of the current contract. All effort is being made to ensure that any activity that falls within the ambit of Home Affairs in the value chain of this process is finalised within a reasonable time.

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21 October 2019 - NW607

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Pambo, Mr V to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of visa applications were denied in (i) 2017 and (ii) 2018 and (b) what was the country of origin of each applicant whose application was denied?

Reply:

(a)The number of visa’s rejected in (i) 2017 = 27 772 and (ii) 2018 = 36 452.

(b) A breakdown of the country of origin of each applicant whose application was denied for the respective years is attached as Annexure A.

 

 

END

21 October 2019 - NW535

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department has any monitoring systems in place to detect computer system crashes and/or failure; if not, why not; if so, will he furnish Mr J J McGluwa with a list including (a) where, (b) when and (c) what were the causes of each crash; (2) What are the remedial actions that his department is taking to address the ongoing failure of its system?

Reply:

1. The Department does not experience system crash/failure, but sometimes system unavailability due to certain causes like infrastructure issues, e.g power and network outages caused by various instances like cable theft/damages.

The Department has built in monitoring system that system experts use daily for monitoring utilization, queues, databases, and network infrastructure availability. The Department intends to implement Enterprise Operating Centre (EOC) which will fully monitor all departmental critical systems.

2. There have been initiatives through State Information Technology Agency (SITA) for Uninterrupted Network and Departmental ongoing system upgrades and projects.

 

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21 October 2019 - NW1168

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department incurred any costs related to the (a) inauguration of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, held in Pretoria on 25 May 2019 and (b) State of the Nation Address held in Cape Town on 20 June 2019; if so, in each case, (i) what costs were incurred and (ii) for what reason?

Reply:

(a) Yes

(a)(i) R2 462 005.00

(a)(ii) Overtime and accommodation for Immigration officials deployed at OR Tambo International Airport, Waterkloof Airport and selected land ports of entry to receive and process foreign heads of state and dignitaries attending the inauguration.

(b) Yes

(b)(i) R13 310.62

(b)(ii) Travel and accommodation cost of acting Director-General invited to the State of the Nation address as accounting officer of the Department.

END

21 October 2019 - NW1017

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) On what date was the contract to accommodate undocumented migrants at the Lindela Repatriation Centre for deportation signed, (b) with which company was the lease signed, (c) what is the duration of the contract, (d) what is the amount being charged for each month and (e) what total amount has been paid to date?

Reply:

(a) The contract was signed on 1 December 2015

(b) The company with which the contract was signed was Leading Prospects Trading 111 (Pty) Ltd trading as Lindela Repatriation Centre

(c)The contract duration is five years; the contract will end 30 Nov 2020.

(d) The monthly payment for the facility is R9, 544,119.49.

(e) The total amount from 1 Dec 2015 to 31 Aug 2019 is R411, 853, 165, 38

 

END

07 October 2019 - NW801

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the statement of the former Minister of Home Affairs wherein he announced that negotiations with certain countries (details furnished) were being finalised to conclude visa waiver agreements for ordinary passport holders, (a) what is the current status of visa waiver agreement negotiations in respect of certain countries (details furnished) and (b) by what date will the visa waiver agreements be finalised?

Reply:

(a) Visa waivers for ordinary passport holders were concluded with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, New Zealand, Cuba, Ghana, Sao Tome & Principe and Madagascar.

(b) Visa waivers with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and New Zealand were implemented on 15 August 2019 and a visa waiver with Madagascar was implemented on 27 August 2019. The Department is currently discussing implementation modalities with Cuba, Ghana and Sao Tome & Principe. The expected date of implementation is dependent on the implementation modalities.

In respect of the remaining countries, South Africa is engaging them on issues of security and immigration concerns, which include but not limited to introduction of Movement Control Systems; establishment, upgrade and strengthening of National Civil Registry Systems; introduction of Information Systems to ensure the integrity of travel documents and guard against fraudulent documents; as well as the introduction of Advanced Passenger Profiling Systems. Furthermore, the Department will issue long-term multiple entry visas for a period of three years to frequent travellers from these countries in order to ease movement of travellers into South Africa for tourism, business and academic purposes while continuing engagements with these countries.

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07 October 2019 - NW1018

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) Which charter flights and/or airline(s) are used by his department for deportation of undocumented migrants and (b) what amount is paid for each charter flight and/or airline in each month and (c) what total amount has been paid in respect of such deportations in the (i) 2018-19 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2019?

Reply:

(a) The airlines which have been used for deportation since 1 April 2018 are the following:

1. Air Angola (Angola)

2. Ethiopian Airways (Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia)

3. Kenyan Airways (Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia)

4. LAN Airline (Peru)

5. Lantam (Guyana)

6. Linhas Airways (Bolivia)

7. Rwanda Airline (Nigeria)

8. South African Airways (Columbia, Australia)

9. Turkish Airline (Algeria, Cape Verde, Venezuela)

(b) The monthly costs per airline from 1 April 2018 are the following: Please see attached Annexure A

(c) The total amount which has been paid in respect of such deportations is outlined below

(i) 2018-19 R33,070,629.90.

(ii) 1 April 2019 to 31 August 2019 R8, 956,713.41

Remarks: Reply: Approved / Not Approved

Thulani Mavuso Dr PA Motsoaledi, MP

A/Director-General Minister of Home Affairs

Date: Date:

07 October 2019 - NW1032

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) What is the total number of voting districts where voters have to travel (a) between 20 to 30kms and (b) more than 30kms to reach a voting station; (2) In which provinces are the voting districts situated and (b) what total number of voters are affected?

Reply:

1(a) There are 603 voting districts in which the furthest point is more than 20 kilometres from the voting station established to serve the voting district.

(b) There are 363 voting districts in which the furthers point is more than 30 kilometres from the voting station established to serve the voting district.

It must be noted that among the key considerations in the establishment of voting districts is the time that it takes a voter to access a voting station. In this regard guidelines have been implemented to ensure that voters in rural areas do not travel more than 12, 5 kilometres to access a voting station. The norm for urban areas is 6, 5 kilometres. While there may be outliers, successive studies conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) among voters who had just voted on Election Day indicated that 97% of voters reported that they travelled less than 60 minutes to access a voting station. Similarly, 68% of voters reported that they travelled less than 15 minutes to access a voting station. The furtherst points from the voting station do not imply that there are settlements in all of those points and therefore voters. These coincide largely with voting districts in predominantly low population density areas that are rural in character and are also spatially vast.

2. The details of the voting districts are set out in the attached spread sheet attached as Annexure A and B.

END

07 October 2019 - NW920

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether any raids/inspections have been carried out by immigration officials of his department in areas where violence is prevalent amongst illegal miners; if so, (a)(i) on what date and (ii) where were the raids carried out, (b) what total number of illegal immigrants (i) were arrested and (ii) have already been deported and (d) what is the average time frame between the arrest of an illegal immigrant and deportation?

Reply:

Any raids conducted against illegal miners (“Zama Zamas”) are led by specialised police units due to the dangers involved in illegal/ illicit mining and the heavily armed groups who oversee such activities. Illegal Mining or Illicit Mining relate to the mining of unwrought precious metals or uncut diamonds when such entity or person is not permitted, authorised and licensed to conduct such activity. The Department of Home Affairs will after the arrest of any suspects conduct verification of the immigration status.

From the available information, the record below should be noted.

(a)(i) Operations have been conducted for the period 1 April 2018 until 31 August 2019.

(a)(ii) Welkom

(b)(i) The number of illegal immigrants arrested resulted in 1275 successful prosecutions

(b)(ii) The number of illegal foreigners who were directly deported were 935 and those who were transferred to Lindela Holding Facility for deportation were 957.

(b)(iii) The average time for a person to be arrested and deported is

determined by how quickly the embassy/mission of the deportees issues their emergency travel documents. On average it takes up to 30 days.

 

END

07 October 2019 - NW909

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) What total number of (a) hospitals in the Republic have birth registration systems and (b) birth registration systems are fully operational; (2) What total number of births were registered in the period 01 January 2018 to 01 January 2019 (3) Whether any plans have been put in place to accommodate different cultural practices surrounding births which are often the cause of late birth registrations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. (a) 391 health facilities.

(b) 165 health facilities.

2. 810 638 births registered within the period 01 January 2018 to 01 January 2019.

3. In terms of the Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act No.18 of 2010, parents shall within 30 days after the birth of such child, give notice thereof in the prescribed manner, and in compliance with the specified requirements. There is however provision made as follows:

  • Those that fail to register birth within 30 days due to issues of culture can still register their birth through the late registration of birth process.
  • The Department has an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Health (DoH) to address concerns relating to birth registrations. The Department of Health through its healthcare facilities provides a list of mothers who are discharged prior to registering birth of their new-born children. The Departments of Home Affairs officials thereafter, utilises the list for follow up and register their births as a result.

 

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07 October 2019 - NW982

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the roll-out of Smart Card Identity Documents (ID) to combat identity theft and fraudulent activities relating to driver licences, social grants, financial institutions and insurance companies, what measures are in place to provide for (a) indigent persons and (b) unemployed citizens who cannot afford the R140 card fee to replace their green ID with a Smart Card ID free of charge?

Reply:

(a) Currently the Department does not provide Smart ID Cards for free to indigent persons.

(b) Currently the Department does not provide Smart ID Cards for free to unemployed citizens.

However, approval was obtained through National Treasury to ensure that Smart ID Cards are issued free of charge to the elderly citizens who are 60 years and above,also to first time applicants who are 16 years and above.

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07 October 2019 - NW902

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether he will engage with the executive mayors of metropolitan municipalities to conduct special operation raids to combat illegal immigration, as has been done recently in the City of Johannesburg; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister has engaged with municipal structures on matters of migration and will do so on a continuous basis.

Joint and special operations to combat illegal migration are planned and conducted by law enforcement agencies at national, provincial and local level through inter-governmental security structures. All metro municipalities are represented in local security, provincial and national structures such as the Provincial Joint Operational Structures (PROVJOINTS) and the National structure (NATJOINTS).

 

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25 September 2019 - NW797

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)(a) What amount was spent on advertising by (i) his department and (ii) state-owned entities reporting to him in the (aa) 2016-17, (bb) 2017-18 and (cc) 2018-19 financial years; (2) what amount of the total expenditure incurred by (a) his department and (b) state-owned entities reporting to him went to (i) each specified black-owned media company and (ii) outdoor advertising in each specified financial year and (c) on outdoor advertising by his department and state-owned entities reporting to him went to each black-owned media company in each specified financial year?

Reply:

Department of Home Affairs

1. (aa) For financial year 2016/17 – R 1,449,947.84

(bb) Financial year 2017/18 – R 6,833,958.28

(cc) Financial year 2018/19 – R 3,380,574.43

(2) (a) The department total expenditure incurred R 3,095,535.24

(i) Financial year (2016/17)

YFM – R 50,997.33

Financial year (2017/18)

Power FM – R86,564.00

YFM – R 507,542.82

TisoBlackstar - R 37,121.00

Financial year (2018/19)

TisoBackstar R557,706.99

(ii) Financial year (2016/17)

None

Financial year (2017/18)

Airport screens – R 255,018.00

Stadium advertising – R 570,000.00

Financial year (2018/19)

Airport screens – R 449,650.00

Digital Screens in major routes across the country – R 172,500.00

Stadium advertising – R 494,999.10

(c) None.

Government Printing Works

(1) (a) (ii) (aa) none

(a) (ii) (bb) none

(a) (ii) (cc) none

(2) (b) (i) none

(b) (ii) none

(c) (aa) none

(c) (bb) none

(c) (cc) none

Electoral Commission

(1)(a) The amount spent in each of the financial years is as follows:

   

(aa)

(bb)

(cc)

   

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

   

36 531 210.99

75 840 626.44

45 418 600.53

         

(2)(b)(i)

 

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

 

BANZOGENIX

-

-

2 400.00

 

EASTERN CAPE COMMUNITY RADIO FORUM

71 941.89

138 161.04

4 500.00

 

GIJIMA PRINTERS

-

-

20 374.50

 

IZETHEMBISO ZENKOSI TRADING ENTERPRISE

-

-

1 995.00

 

MADIBA PROMOTIONS

-

-

21 355.50

 

MMABATHO FM 107.7 MHZ

-

1 998.00

3 996.00

 

SIPHUMELELE LIYA TRADING

-

2 240.00

1 944.00

 

SIX FINGAZ MEDIA

-

-

8 974 970.03

 

TUBATSE PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY RADIO

-

-

4 200.00

 

ALMEBYTE T/A DARKSTAR

579 315.38

10 748 872.67

-

 

EMERGING SEARCH CONSULTANTS

-

45 000.00

-

 

KARMA COMMUNITY PROJECTS

-

27 360.00

-

 

LEKOA MULTI-MEDIA COMMUNICATION DE

-

24 000.00

-

 

MANTUNTU TRADING ENTERPRISE

-

2 976.00

-

 

MAPUTALAND COMMUNITY RADIO

-

6 000.00

-

 

PHELI FM

-

10 000.00

-

 

RADIO 786

8 000.00

-

-

 

THAMZO TRADING

-

5 180.00

-

 

WATERBERG WELFARE SOCIETY

-

4 810.80

-

 

ZEBEDIELA COMMUNITY RADIO

-

7 990.00

-

 

RADIO KC

8 000.00

-

-

 

SIBABALWE PROMOTIONS AND EVENTS

112 450.00

-

-

 

THE MEDIA SHOP

34 138 762.96

-

-

 

THE PHONEBOOK COMPANY

5 210.53

-

-

 

TOTAL ADVERTISING EXPENDITURE

34 923 680.76

11 024 588.51

9 035 735.03

   

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

(2)(b)(ii)

 

2 311 077.91

10 062 873.02

6 463 353.48

(2)(c)

 

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

 

ALMEBYTE T/A DARKSTAR

 

2 397 835.04

 

 

SIX FINGAZ MEDIA

 

 

59 202.00

 

THE MEDIA SHOP

2 311 078.00

 

 

   

2 311 078.00

2 397 835.04

59 202.00

 

END

25 September 2019 - NW803

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether he will take any steps to re-allocate his department’s personnel from offices that require less support to offices that require more support, in order to fight long queues and capacitate offices requiring more assistance; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department is in the process of re-allocating personnel to critical front line service delivery areas, relevant to Civic services. To this extent, front line service delivery areas are envisaged to be capacitated by an additional 349 personnel (on a permanent and temporarily basis, subject to the availability of funds), by 31 March 2020.

Within the Immigration services environment too, the Department is looking at the possibility of deploying additional personnel to identified Missions abroad, within the current financial year.

 

END

20 September 2019 - NW833

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether he has been informed of the various reports stating that the National Treasury is seeking an initial budget allocation cut to his department of 5% for the 2020-21 financial year, followed by a 6% and 7% cut for the following two financial years; if so, (2) whether the financial cuts will affect the provision of essential services to South Africans by his department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the financial cuts will result in (a) any jobs losses and/or (ii) the closure of any Home Affairs offices in the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, the requirement to present compulsory budget baseline reduction scenarios is set out in the MTEF Technical Guidelines 2020 issued by National Treasury in June 2019. In addition, the CFO presented the compulsory budget baseline reduction scenarios at the Departmental priority setting workshop held on 13 and 14 August 2019.

2. It is logical that when there are budget cuts, it will impact on the capacity to certain services.

(3)(a-b) Budget cuts will have a negative impact on the filling of some posts, but we are not envisioning closure of any Home Affairs office.

 

END

17 September 2019 - NW832

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with reference to providing protection for refugees, taking into consideration the first safe country principle for refugees to first sought asylum between transit routes, his department has any formal bilateral agreements between transit route countries and destination countries in order for refugees to first seek asylum in the transit country; if not, (a) will he consider such decision and (b) by what date; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, the Department has no formal bilateral agreement/s with transit route countries and countries of destination on application of the first country of asylum principle. As an international practice, any person may request asylum in any country outside his/her own country. The first country principle as practiced in international law requires that:

(i) an asylum seeker should have been recognised in that first country of asylum as a refugee and he or she can still avail himself or herself of that protection; or

(ii) he or she otherwise enjoys sufficient protection in that country, including benefiting from the principle of non-refoulement.

(a-b) No, the Department will not consider such decision, because management of asylum and refugees in South Africa is centred on the cardinal principle of non-refoulement; and inclusion before exclusion, at the core of which is the 1951 UN Convention and its 1967 Protocol. This means that South Africa has an international obligation to receive asylum applicants who may have transited a number of countries before arrival in South Africa.

Furthermore, South Africa will in terms of Section 2 (a) – (b) of the Refugee Act, Act No. 130 of 1998, not return such applicants to a country where:

(i) they may be subjected to persecution on account of his or her race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group; and or

(ii) their life, physical safety or freedom would be threatened on account of external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or other events seriously disturbing or disrupting public order in either part or the whole of that country.

 

END

 

17 September 2019 - NW833

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether he has been informed of the various reports stating that the National Treasury is seeking an initial budget allocation cut to his department of 5% for the 2020-21 financial year, followed by a 6% and 7% cut for the following two financial years; if so, (2) whether the financial cuts will affect the provision of essential services to South Africans by his department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the financial cuts will result in (a) any jobs losses and/or (ii) the closure of any Home Affairs offices in the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, the requirement to present compulsory budget baseline reduction scenarios is set out in the MTEF Technical Guidelines 2020 issued by National Treasury in June 2019. In addition, the CFO presented the compulsory budget baseline reduction scenarios at the Departmental priority setting workshop held on 13 and 14 August 2019.

2. It is logical that when there are budget cuts, it will impact on the capacity to certain services.

(3)(a-b) Budget cuts will have a negative impact on the filling of some posts, but we are not envisioning closure of any Home Affairs office.

 

END

03 September 2019 - NW462

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) is the total number of his department’s mobile units in the Republic, (b) number of these mobile units are in operation, (c) geographic areas do the functional mobile units cover, (d) geographic areas are the non-functional mobile units supposed to cover and (e) was the average turnaround time in the last annual reporting cycle to repair faulty mobile units and return them to operation?

Reply:

a) The total number of mobile units in the country is 155 (hundred and fifty five). The number is made up of both the old 114 (hundred and fourteen) mobile units procured between 2005 and 2007 and the new 41 (forty one) mobile units procured between 2017 and 2019 respectively.

b) The total number of functional mobile units in the department is 100 (one hundred). The one hundred comprises of the old 59 (fifty nine) and new 41 (forty one) units. A total of 55 (fifty five) old mobile units are mechanically and economically irreparable, and as such, are earmarked for disposal.

c) The department's mobile units are utilised to complement the existing footprint. The units cover the deep rural and hard to reach areas where the department does not have sufficient coverage in all nine provinces.

d) All mobile units are strategically deployed to cover all rural and hard to reach areas in all 9 (nine) provinces in the republic.

e) The department did not repair any of the mobile units with mechanical problems as those 55 (fifty five) units had reached their end of life term and were economically irreparable. The distribution plan for the 100 (one hundred) units is as follows:

Eastern Cape 14, Free State 9, Gauteng 9, Kwa Zulu Natal 14, Limpopo 12, Mpumalanga 10, Northern Cape 10, North West 9 and Western Cape 10, Special Projects 3.

END

03 September 2019 - NW234

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

With regard to tourist visas issued by his department in the past three years, (a) what number of visas have been issued in each month, (b) from where were the specified visas issued, (c) what is the average turnaround time for issuing a visa, (d) what is being done to improve the turnaround time, (e) what processes are in place to ensure that turnaround times are improved and (f) what are the time frames, timelines and deadlines in this regard?

Reply:

(a-b) From available information a total of 1 068 227 Visitors Visas were issued in South African Missions abroad from 2017 to June 2019 as follows.

Year

2017

2018

2019

Number of Visas

451 855

403 164

213 208

A breakdown of the number of Visitors Visas issued by each South African Mission abroad for the respective years is attached as Annexure A. The data for the following countries are being verified for correctness and accuracy hence it is not on the list attached:

Country

Mission

Algeria

Algiers

Burundi

Bujumbura

Fiji

Suva

Finland

Helsinki

Japan

Tokyo

Madagascar

Antanarivo

Country

Mission

Mauritius

Port Louis

Morocco

Rabat

Netherlands

The Hague

Singapore

Singapore

Spain

Madrid

Sri Lanka

Colombo

Sudan

Juba

Sudan

Khartoum

Switzerland

Berne

Thailand

Bangkok

Tunisia

Tunis

Ukraine

Kiev

Vietnam

Hanoi

(c) The general processing period for the Visitor’s Visas is five (5) Working days.

(d) Where the Mission experiences high volumes and staffing challenges the Department deploys additional staff to support on a short term basis subject to availability of funds.

(e) The turnaround times are maintained and the Department is currently introducing the eVisa which is at testing phase.

(f) The eVisa will be piloted in October 2019 and depending on the results of the pilot, the eVisa should be operational in the 2020/2021. financial year.

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27 August 2019 - NW380

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) number of asylum seekers have currently been awaiting an interview with a refugee status determination officer (RSDO) for more than (i) 30 days and (ii) 90 days and (b) is the average waiting time, in number of days, between the time that an application for an appointment with an RSDO is lodged until the interview takes place for all current asylum seeker applications?

Reply:

a) (i) The total number of asylum seekers registered on the Departmental system with an active section 22 permit waiting an interview with the RSDO for more than 30 days but less than 90 days is 516.

(ii) The total number of asylum seekers with an active section 22 permit awaiting an interview with the RSDO for more than 90 days is 2503.

b) The average waiting time for current asylum seeker applications is 30 days or less for an interview. It must be noted the Department can only provide accurate information on the average waiting period for cases registered on the National Immigration Information System (NISS) as from 1 January 2018 due to the enhancements done on the NIIS at that time.

 

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26 August 2019 - NW349

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

What were the main reasons cited in the applications of a certain number of individuals (details furnished) from (a) Bangladesh, (b) Pakistan, (c) India, (d) Malawi, (e) Ghana, (f) Kenya, (g) Mozambique, (h) Tanzania, (i) Zambia and (j) Thailand that led to them being granted asylum in the Republic?

Reply:

The table below indicates the main reasons for cases granted asylum from the mentioned countries as recorded on the National Immigration Information System (NIIS): -

Country

Reasons for granting

A) Bangladesh

  • Political persecution. Conflict between the ruling party and the various political parties.

b) Pakistan

  • Political instability on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Religious grounds, Ahmadiyya group not recognised by the Pakistani Government.
  • Clashes between Sunni and Shia.
  • Tribal conflict between the Taliban and smaller Islamic groups.

 

 

c) India

  • Religious clashes between Hindu and Muslim.

d) Malawi

  • Political reasons, conflict between the ruling party MCP and the oppositional party UDF.

e) Ghana

  • Inter-tribal clashes.
  • Female genitalia mutilation.
  • Forced Marriages.

f) Kenya

  • Political Instability (aftermath of 2007/08 elections).
  • Persecution on grounds of sexual orientation (LGBTI).
  • Persecution of the banned Mungiki ethnic group.

g) Mozambique

  • Although these cases are reflected on NIIS, the claims could not be confirmed. One case has already been withdrawn by the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs and the other two have been inactive since 2011 and 2012 respectively. Their claims will be related to the old refugee processes. The Department is currently in a process of closing these files.

 

h) Tanzania

  • Family joining with spouse (from a different nationality) who is already a recognized refugee.
  • Albino victimization.
  • Conflict between Zanzibar and Tanzania.

i) Zambia

  • Family joining with spouse (from a different nationality) who is already a recognized refugee.
  • Political Reasons.

 

j) Thailand

  • No applications were granted asylum.

Note: According to the NIIS only a total of 1 322 cases were granted asylum (Refugee Status) from the countries indicated above.

END

21 August 2019 - NW362

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) number of official international trips is (i) he and (ii) his deputy planning to undertake in the 2019-22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case?

Reply:

(a) (i) the annual multilateral engagements that may be attended at Ministerial or Deputy Ministerial level are:

  • African Union (AU) Summit
  • Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) Ministerial Conference
  • SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) meeting on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation
  • Executive Committee meeting of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees’ (UNHCR) Programme

(ii) annual or biannual bilateral meetings with the neighbouring counterparts

(iii) bilateral meetings with other international counterparts and other multilateral meetings are attended if relevant to the mandate of Home Affairs

(iv) international workshops, seminars, conferences, etc will be attended if relevant to the mandate of Home Affairs

AU Summit

(b) (i) Ethiopia

(ii) Dates to be announced by the AU

(iii) Migration related

(iv) Support staff, and experts on issues tabled for discussion

 

MIDSA Ministerial Conference

(i) SADC member state – rotational basis

(ii) Dates to be announced by the IOM and hosting country

(iii) Migration related

(iv) Support staff, and experts on issues tabled for discussion

SADC MCO

(i) SADC member state – rotational basis

(ii) Dates to be announced by SADC Secretariat and hosting country

(iii) Migration and civics related

(iv) Support staff, and experts on issues tabled for discussion

 

UNHCR EXCOM

(i) Switzerland

(ii) Dates to be announced by the UNHCR

(iii) Asylum seeker and refugee related

(iv) Support staff, and experts on issues tabled for discussion

All other engagements as listed above

(i) Bilaterals take place in host’s country and for remaining engagements, the host will announce.

(ii) To be announced by hosts

(iii) Migration and / or civics related

(iv) Support staff, and experts on issues tabled for discussion

(c) Costs cannot be pre – determined as dependent on duration of engagement, available flights, accommodation and ground transport, size of delegation, etc.

END

13 August 2019 - NW277

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Seitlholo, Mr IS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

  

2019/20 FY (1 APRIL 2019)

 

R'000

Minister’s Compensation of Employees (CoE)

2 529

Minister’s Office CoE

10 725

Ministry Goods and Services

9 536

Grand Total

22 790

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

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

(b)(i)

(b)(ii)

(b)(iii)

(b)(iv)

(b)(v)

TOTAL ANNUAL REMUNERATION

SALARY LEVEL

POST JOB TITLE DESCRIPTION

QUALIFICATION

JOB DESCRIPTION

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

14

CHIEF OF STAFF: MINISTRY

POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT (CORPORATE GOVERNANCE)

Annexure A

R1 035 450 PER ANNUM

13

PARLIAMENTARY AND CABINET SUPPORT

B EDUCATION

Annexure B

R936 177 PER ANNUM

11

CABINET AND PARLIAMENTARY OFFICER

B ADMINISTRATION

Annexure C

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

5

DRIVER/MESSENGER

SENIOR CERTIFICATE

Annexure D

END

05 August 2019 - NW254

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

END

 

 

05 August 2019 - NW414

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

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

Reply:

1. Currently there are 389 574 uncollected ID documents.

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

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

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

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

END

05 August 2019 - NW381

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

END

05 August 2019 - NW379

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

END

05 August 2019 - NW317

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

END

24 July 2019 - NW233

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

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

Reply:

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

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

i. Richardsbay Port of Entry

ii. Durban Port of Entry

iii. East London Port of Entry

iv. Port Elizabeth Port of Entry

v. Cape Town Harbour

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

i. Mosselbay

ii. Port of Ngqura

iii. Saldanhabay

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

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

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

END

24 July 2019 - NW97

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

END

24 July 2019 - NW172

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

Conveyor

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

Value of fines issued 2016/17

EMIRATES AIRLINE

6 960 000,00

2 670 000,00

SAA

4 440 000,00

2 160 000,00

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE

4 095 000,00

1 665 000,00

KENYA AIRLINE

2 340 000,00

390 000

BRITISH AIRWAYS

1 350 000,00

975 000

QATAR AIRLINE

1 335 000,00

435 000

RWANDA AIRLINE

1 215 000,00

225 000

ETIHAD AIRLINE

825 000,00

285 000

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

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

(4) No.

END

24 July 2019 - NW253

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

b) No.

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

Name of the Office

Adress

Office Manager

Services rendered

Contact Details

Soweto

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

Pearl Poto

Smart Cards, Passports, Births, marriages and deaths

0119365666 072 610 0562

Dobsonville

Luthuli St, Dobsonville, Johannesburg, 1863

Pearl Poto

Births, marriages and deaths only.

0119365666 072 610 0562

Roodepoort

127 Albertina Sisulu Rd, Roodepoort, Johannesburg, 1724

Lingile Afrika

Smart Cards, Passports, Births, marriages and deaths

011 279 7300 072 611 7091

Maponya Mall

Shop 368,Chris Hani Road,Maponya Mall, SOWETO

Ruth Nthathe

Smart Cards, Passports, Births, marriages and deaths

072 919 9586

011 938 3296

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

END

17 July 2019 - NW138

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

END

17 July 2019 - NW122

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

END

17 July 2019 - NW139

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

END

08 July 2019 - NW121

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

OFFICE

LOCATION

CENTRE MANAGER

CONTACT DETAILS

Cape Town Refugee Reception Office

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

Akos Essel

Phone: 021 421 9173 / 9200

Mobile:

Email: Akos.Essel@dha.gov.za

Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office

Corner Eskia Mphahlele & Struben Streets, Pretoria

Bangwalang Chiloane

Phone: 012 395 4174 / 4000 

Email: Bangwalang.Chiloane@dha.gov.za

Durban Refugee Reception Office

137 Che Guevara Street, Durban

Naleen Balgobind

Phone: 031 362 1201

Mobile:

Email: Naleen.Balgobind@dha.gov.za

Musina Refugee Reception Office

8 Harold Grenfel Street, Musina

Jimmy Malemela

Phone: 015 534 5300
Mobile: 083 852 0104

Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office

10A Gidbaud Road, Sydenham, Lakeside

Sabelo Ngxitho

Phone: 041 404 8361/ 3

Mobile:

Email Sabelo.Ngxitho@dha.gov.za

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

END

08 July 2019 - NW72

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Pambo, Mr V to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

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

Year

Total

2009

157 204

2010

77 071

2011

43 953

2012

63 228

2013

68 241

2014

75 733

2015

60 640

2016

41 241

2017

27 980

2018

18 104

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

Country

Total

Somalia

36512

DRC

25953

Ethiopia

18022

Congo

4859

Zimbabwe

3432

Burundi

2774

Angola

2365

Eritrea

2096

Rwanda

1416

Bangladesh

563

Uganda

443

Cameroon

368

Kenya

143

Sudan

134

Zambia

69

Liberia

51

Syria

47

Palestine

41

Ivory Coast

37

Tanzania

32

Pakistan

28

Sierra Leone

19

Sri Lanka

15

Iraq

15

Russia

13

Togo

12

Nigeria

11

Ghana

11

Solomon Islands

10

Malawi

9

Swaziland

7

Central African Republic

7

Ukraine

7

Turkey

6

Egypt

6

Mali

6

India

6

Afghanistan

5

Other

5

Morocco

4

Estonia

4

Namibia

4

Yemen

3

Mozambique

3

Bulgaria

3

Myanmar (Burma)

3

Lebanon

3

Niger

3

Iran

3

Seychelles

3

China

2

Macau

2

Bahamas

2

Jordan

2

Gabon

2

Saint Kitts and Nevis

2

Comoros

2

Benin

2

Lesotho

2

Kyrgyzstan

1

Guinea Bissau

1

East Timor

1

Poland

1

Colombia

1

Brazil

1

Senegal

1

Chad

1

Oman

1

Algeria

1

Djibouti

1

Sweden

1

Cambodia

1

Libya

1

Principality of Andorra

1

Grand Total

99624

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

END

08 July 2019 - NW14

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

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

Reply:

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

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

END

08 July 2019 - NW12

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

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

Reply:

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

(b) They are from the following countries:

Countries

Total

Ethiopia

50135

DRC

34754

Bangladesh

27243

Zimbabwe

14861

Pakistan

9383

Congo

8626

Nigeria

6781

Burundi

6425

Uganda

4461

India

4267

Somalia

4152

Malawi

2175

Ghana

2032

Cameroon

1767

Kenya

1081

Rwanda

1015

Eritrea

978

Senegal

899

Niger

818

Mozambique

648

Tanzania

605

Zambia

264

Egypt

227

Ivory Coast

183

Algeria

167

China

126

Mali

120

Nepal

88

Liberia

70

Sudan

57

Benin

55

Lesotho

53

Guinea

52

Burkina Faso

44

Thailand

31

Togo

30

Syria

25

Comoros

23

Swaziland

17

Gabon

16

Afghanistan

16

Sierra Leone

15

Yemen

14

Bahamas

14

Sri Lanka

13

Palestine

12

Gambia

11

Guinea Bissau

10

Morocco

9

East Timor

8

Estonia

8

Angola

7

Iraq

6

Chad

6

Central African Republic

6

Jordan

6

Bahrain

5

Turkey

5

Ukraine

4

Botswana

3

Hungary

3

Mauritania

3

Other

3

Libya

3

Denmark

2

Jamaica

2

Madagascar

2

Malaysia

2

Venezuela

2

Mauritius

2

Iran

2

Solomon Islands

2

Paraguay

1

New Zealand

1

Namibia

1

Suriname

1

Azerbaijan

1

Colombia

1

Wallis and Futuna

1

Kyrgyzstan

1

Uruguay

1

Myanmar (Burma)

1

Bosnia

1

Ireland

1

Haiti

1

Russia

1

Barbados

1

Lebanon

1

Grand Total

184976

END

27 March 2019 - NW735

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

I have been informed by the Electoral Commission as follows:

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

(b) same as (a) above.

27 March 2019 - NW762

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

I have been informed by my Department as follows:

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

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

27 March 2019 - NW703

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

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

Reply:

I have been informed by my Department as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

25 March 2019 - 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]

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 - 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.

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 - 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.