2021-w2338 - 22 November 2021

Dion Travers George to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) On what date was the Tender Bulletin last published; (2) whether there have been any delays in the publication of the bulletin; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what were the causes of the delay in each case and (b) on what date is it envisaged it be published next?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Nov 2021

(1) The last Tender Bulletin was last published on 29 January 2021.

(2)(a) The delays on the publication of the tender bulletin was as a result of the power surge that hit the GPW data centre on 4 February 2021, which damaged critical servers, resulting in the crashing of the eGazette systems and disabling the publishing of all Government gazettes, including the Tender Bulletin. ...

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2021-w2401 - 22 November 2021

Hannah Shameema Winkler to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What are the details of the progress made by his department with regard to e-visas?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Nov 2021

The development of the eVisa phase 1 was completed in 2020/2021 financial year but the deployment of the system was delayed due to COVID19 lockdown and suspension of international travel. The eVisa system has been piloted in Kenya and India already. As at 29th September 2021, the eVisa system has been deployed in a phased approach and operational for the following countries, namely: Kenya, ...

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2021-w2152 - 23 September 2021

Liezl Linda van der Merwe to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

1)What is the current total number (a) of children who are undocumented in the Republic and (b) of the specified children are born to (i) South African parents and (ii) foreign nationals; (2) what does his department intend to do to address the problem of children being rendered vulnerable due to being undocumented; (3) on what date is his department anticipated to have completed the project of collecting the biometrics of children (details furnished); (4) (a) what are the relevant details of the project on identity management and the biometrics associated with identity management that his department has embarked on with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, (b) how is it envisaged that these biometrics will help with cases involving missing children and (c) on what date is the policy set to be implemented if it is only due to be approved in 2023; (5) whether it will be possible to add the biometrics of children who were born before the date on which the project was implemented; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

(1)(a-b) The Department does not have the records of undocumented children as the records at its disposal are of those who are documented; as such it is difficult to ascertain the number of the undocumented children being those born to South African parents or foreign nationals. Undocumented persons have to present themselves for registration on the National Population Register by the Department to achieve ...

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2021-w2118 - 23 September 2021

Joseph Job McGluwa to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether any measures are being taken to prevent the escape from justice of the 11 suspected instigators announced by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Ms K P S Ntshavheni, then Acting Minister in The Presidency, particularly across the borders of the Republic; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) are there enough human resources and/or manpower to do so; (2) Whether the said intelligence is being shared across all security cluster departments; if not, why not; if so, on what date was the intelligence shared?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

1. The task of preventing persons who face criminal charges is overseen by the South African Police Services. They ensure that the relevant details are recorded in the various departmental systems that can detect whether a person travelling through borders is a fugitive from justice. Further departments are meeting daily over the matters relating to this incident. There are relevant resources deployed for this ...

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2021-w2260 - 23 September 2021

Bhekizizwe Nivard Luthuli to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the fact that his department is facing a backlog that includes pre-COVID-19 permanent residence applications, and given that the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZPS) dispensation is set to expire on 31 December 2021, how does he plan to address the backlog of (a) permanent residence applications and (b) ZPS permit holders, with only a few months until the year is over?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

a) The Department has not been receiving Permanent Residence applications since March 2020. An extensive project plan to address the current Permanent Residence application backlog at all delegated approval levels was developed and implemented. Staff are currently working overtime until end of March 2022 in an attempt to address the backlog.

b) The Department is currently consulting the various Government clusters where after a ...

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2021-w2177 - 23 September 2021

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)What system does his department have in place to trace all the identity documents and other important documentation which were lost and/or destroyed during the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July 2021; whether the citizens and/or Home Affairs clients have been informed of the specified procedure; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

1. There were no identity documents lost in the Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces during the unrests. However, there were death registers which were recorded on the system waiting for dispatch and archival process by Head Office which were destroyed at the Baragwanath Mall office during the unrest due to a burst water pipe which resulted in the office being flooded.

In tracing the documents, ...

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2021-w2178 - 23 September 2021

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What are the details of the additional measures that he has put in place to ensure that (a) citizens in general and (b) citizens affected by the unrest that took place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July 2021 will receive their identity documents on time and before the commencement of the local government elections?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

a) The Department has developed an ID distribution strategy and the following programs have been put in place to ensure that citizens receive their Identity documents on time before the commencement of the local government elections:

The Department has undertaken to prioritize its services to those who have applied for their identity documents ahead of the general elections by issuing election enabling documents, i.e. ...

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2021-w2085 - 23 September 2021

Sbuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

1)Whether, with regard to modern technologies that can be harnessed to make his department efficient and reduce direct inquiries from the public about the progress of their applications for various documents, his department has implemented an online verification platform in which members of the public can check the status of their national identity document applications; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, is the system live and accessible to the public; (2) what steps is his department taking to ensure that its systems across all of its service centres are always up and running to enhance service and reduce wastages of resources and time that manifest in long queues at its service centres?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

1. The DHA Online Verification System (OVS) was initially deployed and accessed by the Citizens for the online verification of; marital status, passport and ID application status, among others. The OVS gained popularity to the point whereby insurance companies were not using proper processes. However, insurance companies opted to use the same free service designed for individual citizens. International users were identified trying to ...

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2021-w1969 - 23 September 2021

Liezl Linda van der Merwe to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether the investigations of his department have revealed the officials who aided and abetted the escape of a certain person (name furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what steps is his department taking to identify departmental officials who aid and abet illegal migration either through (a) selling of fake and/or duplicate documents and/or (b) taking bribes in particular at the border posts?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

1. No Department officials have been identified as aiding and abetting the escape of the identified individual.

2. Under section 49 (5) of the Immigration Act, 2002, any public servant who provides false or intentionally inaccurate or unauthorised documentation or benefit to an illegal foreigner, or otherwise facilitates such illegal foreigner to disguise his or her identity or status, or accepts any undue financial ...

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2021-w1942 - 13 September 2021

Babalwa Mathulelwa to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What steps has he taken with regard to poor services rendered at the office in Matatiele, especially in relation to the renewal of temporary identity documents?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 13 Sep 2021

The Department of Home Affairs in partnership with the Matatiele Local Municipality has identified space to temporarily accommodate Home Affairs. This will ease congestion at the current location which is within the Department of Justice. The current space does not suit the needs for clients and resultantly leads to complaints and poor services in the area.

The envisaged temporary relocation to the ESKOM Building ...

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