2020-w2678 - 28 December 2020

Bongani Thomas Bongo to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In view of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan that was announced by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, which presents an opportunity for the Government Printing Works (GPW) to enhance its work in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and noting that the GPW is a revenue-generating entity which contributes to the fiscus, how does his department intend for the GPW to expand its footprint in the SADC region?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 28 Dec 2020

GPW has been implementing its Integrated Marketing and Communications Strategy which incorporates its efforts to penetrate the market in the SADC region as a government printer, in order to offer Africa, solutions brewed within the Continent. GPW will continue to be supported by DHA through collaboration with SADC countries by facilitating visits by member states to view GPW facilities and service offerings, enhance business ...

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2020-w2864 - 21 December 2020

Mogamad Ganief Ebrahim Hendricks to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, in view of the historical relationship between the Republic and Palestine (details furnished) and the enormous challenges and burdens that Palestinians are faced with when travelling abroad, even in the Republic, as the old apartheid policy of restrictive travel measures for visa requirements are still being enforced on Palestinians travelling to the Republic, he intends to scrap restrictive measures for Palestinians such as proof of medical insurance, hotel bookings and sufficient funds; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 21 Dec 2020

The Department of Home Affairs has already approved a waiver of visa requirements for diplomatic and official/service passport holders of Palestine. Currently the necessary protocols are being applied in order to conclude a reciprocal visa waiver agreement between the two countries. In so far as normal passport holders are concerned, the Department is currently exploring ways to lower the restrictive travel measures which applies ...

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2020-w3011 - 21 December 2020

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 562 on 18 November 2020 (details furnished), he has found that his department has taken no action to investigate and/or hold corrupt officials to account for their part in the specified scandal; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what are the reasons that his department has not yet appointed a new service provider despite the current extortionate contract ending in November; (3) whether the interim arrangement is to extend the current contract with a certain service provider (name furnished) until such time that a new service provider is appointed; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 21 Dec 2020

1. May the Honourable member please advise which scandal is he referring to.

2. The department completed its bid evaluation process and after finalising outstanding matters with selected bidders, such as confirmation of price and costs as well as any sub-contracting arrangements the preferred supplier may have, realised that the costing methodology in the bid did not allow for an equitable evaluation process of ...

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2020-w2483 - 17 December 2020

Mandlenkosi Sicelo Mabika to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Since opening international borders under the risk-based approach travel regulations released by national government on 30 September 2020, (a) what total number of applications for business travel has his department received from (i) Germany, (ii) the United Kingdom, (iii) the United States of America, (iv) France, (v) the Netherlands, (vi) Switzerland and (vii) Japan, (b) what total number of the specified applications were (i) approved and (ii) rejected and (c) what was the average turnaround time for each of the listed countries?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 17 Dec 2020

a) The total number of applications for business travel received from 1 October to 11 November 2020 was 8,878. Applications are not separated, or processed according to nationality.

b) (i) Approved: 6,778. This figure includes business people including South African permanent residents and long-term visa holders who used this e-mail address. 2,100 applications were in process up until the 11 November 2020. ...

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2020-w2587 - 17 December 2020

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

(1)Whether he has found that certain persons (names furnished) are within the borders of the Republic illegally; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details; (2) (a) how did the illegality arise and (b) which officials will be held accountable; (3) what are the details of his plans to deal with the dire challenges of the immigration system such as (a) the ever-growing number of undocumented migrants within the Republic’s borders, (b) reports that illegal migrants are favoured for jobs, (c) corruption within his department which leads to the selling of South African documentation such as IDs and other permits and (d) an abuse of the refugee and asylum seeker system by some individuals?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 17 Dec 2020

(1) They were found to have been issued in June 2016 with permanent residence permits in terms of a provision in the Immigration Act 13 of 2020 they did not qualify for, not having met its requirements. The application did not, inter alia, comprise of proof of the financial guarantees (prescribed minimum net worth in the amount of R12 million plus an undertaking that ...

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2020-w2946 - 17 December 2020

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the Home Affairs office in Nigel which was offline from 13/11/2020 until 18/11/2020 due to a faulty data line, (a) why did it take four working days to repair the faulty data line, (b) which entity and/or service provider is responsible for resolving issues on the data line, (c) what is the resolution turnaround time on a faulty data line as per the service level agreement with the responsible entity and/or service provider, (d) what penalties and/or actions will be taken against the responsible entity and/or service provider in cases where the resolution time exceeded the service level agreement time and (e) why was a mobile unit not provided outside the office to assist citizens while the office was offline for four days?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 17 Dec 2020

(a) SITA was notified on Friday 13 November 2020 about the faulty data line in Nigel office and were supposed to dispatch the Telkom technician to the site but that did not materialise. Later that day after a remote diagnosis SITA called the DHA Regional IT Officer informing her that there is no sound from the office’s router, they suspected that it was switched ...

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2020-w2488 - 17 December 2020

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) is the total backlog of (i) asylum applications of asylum seekers, (ii) the Refugee Appeal Board and (iii) the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs and (b) total number of cases have been finalised in the period 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020 by (i) the Refugee Appeal Board and (ii) the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 17 Dec 2020

(a)(i) As at 30 June 2020 there were 3656 cases at RSDO level.

(a)(ii) The total number of cases at the Refugee Appeal Board (Now Refugee Appeals Authority) is 123 424 as at 18 September 2020

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2020-w2831 - 17 December 2020

Rosina Ntshetsana Komane to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What has he found to be causing delays with issuing of identity documents?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 17 Dec 2020

When level 5 lockdown was implemented on 27 March 2020, there were approximately 20 000 identity documents applications at the Department’s Back Office processing facility.

When the Department re-opened to capture first time applications, it was initially necessary for operations to be conducted with the most essential staff only to adhere to the limitations of the Disaster Management Act protocols (social distancing, wearing of masks, ...

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2020-w2928 - 17 December 2020

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

Following renewed attacks on truck drivers, what (a) progress has his department made to identify all undocumented and/or illegal migrants within the borders of the Republic and (b) has he done, in partnership with the Minister of Labour, to address the concerns of South African truck drivers and South Africans in general that illegal and/or undocumented migrants are preferred for low skilled or no skilled job opportunities?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 17 Dec 2020

a) The department continues through its inspectorate to actively conduct inspections and operations in partnership with other law enforcement agencies to deal with all transgressors of immigration legislation. The department has continued with its enforcement and deportation functions throughout the period of the lockdown.

b) With regard to the issues relating to migrant employment the Minister of Employment and Labour and the Minister of ...

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2020-w2897 - 17 December 2020

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What number of offices of his department in each province are capacitated with the system of GENDER maker to assist transgender people to change their gender on their identity documents?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 17 Dec 2020

All 412 Offices of the Department of Home Affairs are capacitated to receive applications for the category of Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status and are henceforth dispatched to Head Office for further processing. There is a back office unit at head office, Rectifications and Amendments Unit that implements the gender marker on the system to amend the status of transgender people by ...

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