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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2021-w2176 - 13 September 2021

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What measures does he have in place to cut the reliance on the State Information Technology Agency and secure an efficient IT system for Home Affairs offices, since his department is still failing to mitigate the situation of long standing queues?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 13 Sep 2021

1. The Department is in the process of evaluating its internal skills with a view to creating the necessary capacity for its work.

2. A review of its enterprise architecture is also underway. This will allow it to better plan its systems in line with the Government Wide Enterprise Architecture framework while pointing out areas where dependency on SITA can be managed

3. In ...

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2021-w2137 - 13 September 2021

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) In view of the fact that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, signed a Border Management Authority (BMA) Commencement Proclamation in December 2020, which only allowed for the appointment of a Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners for the BMA, on what date will the section 97 Presidential Proclamation be signed to transfer relevant border law enforcement functions to his portfolio; (2) What deadline has been given for the current draft proclamation to be revised to remove reference to identified pieces of legislation which pose challenges to some departments; (3) GIven that the President in his 2021 State of the Nation Address committed to fast-track the implementation and capacitation of the BMA to curb illegal immigration and cross-border crime, what is the deadline envisaged for the operationalisation of the entire BMA Act, Act 2 of 2020?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 13 Sep 2021

1. The draft Proclamation in terms of section 97 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the “Constitution”), to transfer functions from relevant Organs of State, has been drafted and being consulted on with the said relevant Organs of State. Once there is concurrence on the contents of the Proclamation, the draft Proclamation will be forwarded to the Presidency for the ...

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2021-w1886 - 08 September 2021

Thembisile Angel Khanyile to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)With reference to his reply to question 1706 on 21 June 2021, what (a) is the total expenditure breakdown of the R1 million that was allocated for the Men’s Forum, (b) were the total costs of (i) each of the two seminars and (ii) the virtual Disability Forum Workshop mentioned in the reply and (c) are the projected costs of the interventions in (i) August and (ii) December 2021; (2) Whether he will furnish Ms T A Khanyile with a copy of the contents of the seminars details conducted in the 2019-20 financial year; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 8 Sep 2021

1(a) The R1 million is allocated for the awareness material, to be distributed to all our 412 offices based in all provinces, on the fight against Gender Based Violence. R800 000 of the budget will be used for promotional materials, namely posters, pamphlets, banners and booklets. R200 000 for transport by participants for awareness sessions/workshops, hiring of venues and accommodation for participants and facilitators. ...

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2021-w1997 - 06 September 2021

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What are the (a) details of each case that is currently being handled by the counter-strategic litigation unit in his department and (b) reasons for pursuing each case?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 6 Sep 2021

Draft Reply

The Department of Home Affairs doesn’t have a counter strategic litigation unit and therefore we are unable to give responses on the question. We however have a Branch responsible for Counter Corruption and also a Litigation Directorate under Chief Directorate Legal Services.

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2021-w1786 - 06 September 2021

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

1)What total number of illegal foreign nationals were received at the Lindela Repatriation Centre for the period 1 January 2020 to 1 August 2021; (2) what total number of persons were successfully deported; (3) (a) what total number of persons were released back into the Republic and (b) for what reason; (4) what total amount does his department spend on housing an illegal migrant per day at the specified repatriation centre?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 6 Sep 2021

1. The total number of illegal foreign nationals received at the Lindela Repatriation Centre for the period 1 January 2020 to 1 August 2021 is 17514.

2. 16 782 foreign nationals were successfully deported.

(3)(a-b) As per the table below:

Released to avoid 120 days in detention, due to closure of the borders

Released after claiming asylum

Released and handed over to the family ...

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