PRETORIA ISSUES WHITE PAPER ON IMMIGRATION

PRETORIA, -- The South African Department of Home Affairs (Interior) has outlined its plans of overhauling its immigration policy in its latest White Paper on International Migration issued here this week.

This is an effort to implement an African Union (AU) requirement that obliges member States to include in their legislation elements of free movement of Africans within the continent.

Various elements will be changed incrementally but the focus is on the potential scrapping of visas for African citizens to enter South Africa.

Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni says the White Paper includes a section which deals with admissions and departures in relation to security issues.

One of the proposals which will facilitate this process is the establishment of a border management authority to be the entity which will be responsible for managing everything around border management at points of entry, whether land, maritime or air so that the authorities will be able to guard the borders to make sure they facilitate the movement of people and goods.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK