2020-w1071 - 23 July 2020

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

For each of the past three financial years to date, (a) what total amount did the Government Printing Works spend on external legal services, including contracting services and legal opinion services and (b)(i) which three firms received the highest total amounts, (ii) what total amount did each of the three firms receive and (iii) for what legal services in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Jul 2020

The Government Printing Works (GPW) currently has no in-house legal services capacity, however, this situation is being addressed through the revision of the organisational structure which envisages establishing such capacity.

(a) The GPW spent a total of R 4 579 563,70 (excl. VAT) in external legal fees over the past 3 financial years, as follows:

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

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2020-w1069 - 23 July 2020

Vuyolwethu Zungula to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, given the terrorist organisations allegedly operating in Mozambique, he will (a) strengthen the borders to protect the citizens of the Republic and (b) deploy more security at problematic and illegal points of entry?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Jul 2020

(a-b) The intelligence agencies of the state and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are primarily responsible for national security and protecting the territorial integrity of the country. On the advice and guidance of these organs of state, I will consider undertaking a support role within the legislative mandate of his portfolio.

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2020-w1070 - 23 July 2020

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

For each of the cases (details furnished) where his department has not complied or partially complied with the court order, (a) why has his department not fully complied with the court order, (b) what steps have been taken to fully comply with the order and (c) by what date will his department fully comply with the order?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Jul 2020

1. LZ [Mathobula] Mathobela v Minister of Home Affairs & another (Case no. 98386/18 - Gauteng Division, Pretoria - Court Order Date: 12 June 2019)

1.1 This matter involved the application for citizenship in case of doubt in terms of section 15 of the South African Citizenship Act 88 of 1995. The Court ordered that the applicant is a South African citizen and directed ...

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2020-w1193 - 20 July 2020

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) remedial actions have been taken regarding the escape of at least 37 foreign nationals from the Lindela Repatriation Centre on 3 May 2020, (b) sanctions have been taken against the security service provider and (c) actions have his department taken to ensure that the payment dispute between security staff and the service provider have been resolved?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 20 Jul 2020

(a) A criminal charge was opened at the Krugersdorp Police Station and the investigation has been transferred to the SAPS Gauteng Provincial Office for further investigation.

(b) The penalty to be levied on the company will be measured contractually and according to the Conventional Penalties Act to quantify the damage suffered by the department.

(c) The service provider, Enviromongz, requested the Private Security Industry ...

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2020-w1352 - 20 July 2020

Manuel Simão Franca De Freitas to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What total number of tourism visas expired during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 and (b) how did his department deal with such cases of expired visas?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 20 Jul 2020

a) International tourists arriving in the Republic are normally provided a period of 30 to 90 days for holiday purposes. Since 26 January 2020 the total number of travellers that arrived in South Africa for holiday purposes is 2 315 334, of these 223 624 have not yet departed (as on 30 June 2020).

b) On 14 April 2020, the Department announced visa concessions ...

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2020-w1308 - 20 July 2020

Joseph Job McGluwa to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) (a) What number of (i) Chinese nationals travelled to the Republic in (aa) November 2019, (bb) December 2019, (cc) January 2020, (dd) February 2020 and (ee) March 2020 and (ii) the specified travellers were from Wuhan and (b) what provinces did they visit; (2) whether all the Chinese nationals who had travelled to the Republic in the specified months had left the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether there have been outbreaks of Covid-19 in the areas where the Chinese nationals had visited during their stay in the Republic; if so, what are the relevant details? QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO. 1308 DATE OF PUBLICATION: FRIDAY, 19 JUNE 2020 INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER 22 – 2020 1308.Mr J J McGluwa (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs (1)(a) What number of (i) Chinese nationals travelled to the Republic in (aa) November 2019, (bb) December 2019, (cc) January 2020, (dd) February 2020 and (ee) March 2020 and (ii) the specified travellers were from Wuhan and (b) what provinces did they visit; (2)whether all the Chinese nationals who had travelled to the Republic in the specified months had left the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3)whether there have been outbreaks of Covid-19 in the areas where the Chinese nationals had visited during their stay in the Republic; if so, what are the relevant details?NW1676E REPLY: (1)(a)(i) Month Arrivals Nov-19 11 869 Dec-19 8 932 Jan-20 14 055 Feb-20 4 852 Mar-20 2 022 (1)(a)(ii)The central government of China imposed a lockdown in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei on 23 January 2020. This meant no travel in or out of the city was allowed. In addition to the lockdown, the following should be noted: South African Airways (SAA) terminated operations from Beijing Capital International Airport to O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in November 2019. Air China (CA) operated direct flights from Bao'an (Huangtian) International Airport in Shenzhen and Beijing Capital International Airport to ORTIA daily. Cathy Pacific (CX) operated from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to ORTIA. During the period of the Corona outbreak, all travellers arriving at HKG from China who spend more than 14 days in China were returned. Singapore Airlines (SQ) operated from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to ORTIA. With the outbreak in China, all travellers arriving at SIN from China who spend more than 14 days in China were returned. Japan and South Korea also informed South Africa through diplomatic channels that South African citizens arriving from China who spend more than 14 days in China during that period would be returned to China. This was followed by more than 30 other countries. (1)(a)(iii)None, as lockdown was imposed on Wuhan and other cities in Hubei from 23 January 2020. This meant no travel in or out of the city was allowed, including international travel to South Africa. (2)Not all Chinese nationals that travelled into the Republic left the country. This is mainly due to the lockdown in Wuhan that did not allow for the return of travellers to curb the spread of COVID19. It should also be noted that some Chinese Nationals entered South Africa on longer term visas for purposes such as study and work Month Arrivals Departures Difference Nov-19 11 869 11 696 173 Dec-19 8 932 12 381 -3 449 Jan-20 14 055 12 829 1 226 Feb-20 4 852 5 050 -198 Mar-20 2 022 2 970 -948 Total: 41 730 44 926 -3 196 (3)This question should be directed to the Department of Health. END

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 20 Jul 2020

(1)(a)(i)

Month

Arrivals

Nov-19

11 869

Dec-19

8 932

Jan-20

14 055

Feb-20

4 852

Mar-20

2 022

(1)(a)(ii) The central government of China imposed a lockdown in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei on 23 January 2020. This meant no travel in or out of the city was allowed.

In addition to the lockdown, the following should be noted ...

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2020-w1278 - 20 July 2020

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the recommendations of the 2018 Dimension Data investigation into issues raised with the State IT Agency (SITA) regarding downtime at offices of his department, what (a) total number of the 32 areas of Home Affairs responsibility have been completed, (b) total number of the two areas of SITA responsibility have been completed, (c) has his department done to address the power issues at their front offices with the involvement of the Department of Public Works, (d) has his department done to deal with the challenges caused by Telkom trunk failures and (e) total number of the 398 obsolete network devices owned by his department have been updated?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 20 Jul 2020

a) Nine (9) areas have been completed and these include the migration of the following systems into SITA data centres from SARS i.e. SMS Gateway, e-Home Affairs, BQMS and e-Visa. Eighteen (18) areas are in progress and five (5) have not started.

b) The two (2) areas that are part of SITA’s responsibility involve switching centres across the country and one has ...

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2020-w1307 - 20 July 2020

Joseph Job McGluwa to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) Whether, in view of his admission during a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on 9 June 2020 that he knew of Covid-19 from other countries, he will confirm that he was aware of the outbreak of Covid-19 since November 2019; (2) what steps did he take to prevent (a) Chinese nationals from travelling to the Republic at that stage and (b) residents of Wuhan specifically from travelling to the Republic; (3) whether his department put any measures in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic when he became aware of the outbreak in November 2019?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 20 Jul 2020

1. As far as I know, COVID-19 outbreak in China was announced to have started in November 2019 and not December 2019.

2. (a) Action against any outbreak any of a disease is guided by the IHR 2005 (International Health Regulations 2005) of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is not done at the whim of a country. In following IHR 2005, the WHO ...

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2020-w1177 - 20 July 2020

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

On what date will he submit the Immigration Bill to Parliament for consideration?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 20 Jul 2020

The Draft Immigration Bill is still been developed in consultations with relevant stakeholders. It will however be submitted to Parliament for consideration, once the review of the White Paper on International Migration has been undertaken and finalised.

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2020-w1176 - 20 July 2020

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the upcoming Local Government Elections in 2021, what measures has his department put in place to ensure that all eligible voters have proper identity documents, in particular voters in the rural areas where Home Affairs offices are few?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 20 Jul 2020

  • The Department of Home Affairs has a constitutional obligation to provide equitable and quality service to the population of the Republic of South Africa residing in both rural and urban areas. The Department through its footprint development and optimisation strategy adopted a multi-channel strategy to deliver its services and this strategy utilizes the combination of traditional distribution channels (Physical Infrastructure), non-traditional channels (Mobile Units ...
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