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Minister of Home Affairs South Africa Speaks about ZSP permit renewal 2017-2018

Minister of Home Affairs South Africa Speaks about ZSP permit renewal 2017-2018
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Minister of Home Affairs South Africa Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize Speaks about ZSP permit renewal 2017-2018


The Department of Home Affairs released a media statement today, announcing the closure of the ZSP Permit. The Department in a statement announced that 245,000 DZP holders were eligible to apply, but only received 207, 802 applications while only 198, 840 appointments had been received at the Visa Facilitation Centres.


Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize is the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa with effect from 31 March 2017.

Prof Mkhize is a founder member and a trustee of the Children and Violence Trust, she has been a trustee of the Malibongwe Business Trust from 2005.

ZSP Permit News Update

The Department of Home Affairs has successfully managed to adjudicate and issue their first batch of ZSP Permits to Zimbabweans who anxiously awaited the issuance of their work/study/business permit. Below we can see an example of what the new ZSP Permit looks like:


ZSP Permit Update

New World Immigration noted the following conditions placed on the ZSP Visa:

1. “ZSP permit entitles the holder to conduct work/employment”

The ZSP visa was issued under 3 categories: work/study/conduct business. This specific visa entitles the holder to conduct work/employment, which means this applicant applied for the ZSP visa under the work/employment category. So the ZSP visa would essentially reflect the category you applied for.

2. “ZSP permit does not entitle the holder the right to apply for permanent residency irrespective of the period of stay in the RSA.”

This condition prohibits Zimbabwean nationals from qualifying and applying for permanent residency through the old “DZP” and the new “ZSP” visa. This means that all ZSP visa holders who are about to complete their 5 year mark will now by other means have to qualify for permanent residency. This means, which ZSP holders must now first apply for a South African Work Visa for example, then complete 5 years before he/she may qualify for permanent residency.

3. “ZSP permits will not be renewable/extendable”

The ZSP is issued for 3 years and will not be renewable/extendable. Upon expiry of the ZSP permit, all holders will have 2 choices:

3.1 Leave South Africa and return back to Zimbabwe.

3.2 Apply for a South Africa Temporary Residence Visa to continue studies/work/conduct business.

4. “ZSP permit holder cannot change conditions of his/her permit in South Africa”

This condition could be a tricky one as we know the Department of Home Affairs interprets legislation in a different manner. So this could be interpreted in two ways:

Please note we as New World Immigration strongly suggests that interpretation 4.1 seems 100% correct to our knowledge but as we know Home Affairs might interpret it as 4.2.

4.1 Our understanding of the following condition is as follows:

The holder of a ZSP visa may not apply for a change of conditions in South Africa, so if you originally applied for working/employment rights, you would be prohibited from applying for study or business rights should you wish to take up studies or decide to start your own business at a later stage.

4.2 This condition could be interpreted in this way as well.

The Department of Home Affairs could reject your application should you wish to apply for a change of status, meaning if you wish to change from your ZSP to a Critical Skills Visa.

ZSP Permit Renewal

We would like to remind each and every Zimbabwean national that there would be no ZSP Permit Renewal upon expiry of this visa. All applicants are therefore advised to speak to an immigration firm about future work permit options.

Minister of Home Affairs South Africa Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize

Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize is the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa with effect from 31 March 2017.
Minister of Home Affairs South Africa Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize
Minister of Home Affairs South Africa Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize

Prof Mkhize is a founder member and a trustee of the Children and Violence Trust, she has been a trustee of the Malibongwe Business Trust from 2005.

She has been chairperson of the Peace Commission of the South African Women in Dialogue since 2004; she is treasurer general of the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League (ANCWL), and has been a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANCWL since 2008.

Academic Qualifications

Prof Mkhize holds a BA degree in Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology from the University of Zululand obtained in 1976; a BA Honours in Psychology from the University of Natal obtained in 1978; and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Natal obtained in 1981.

Prof Mkhize is Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of South Africa and is studying towards a PhD through the University of Natal.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

Prof Mkhize served in the Inter University Executive. from 1974 to 1977. Between September 1986 and March 1987, she was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois and in 1989, she was a visiting professor at the University of Mississippi.

She has served in the Academic Staff Association of the University of Zululand and was a senior lecturer at the University of Zululand from 1984 to 1990. In 1990, Prof Mkhize served in the central committee, which organised the biggest rally at the University of Zululand, celebrating the release of Nelson Mandela.

From 1990 to 1995, she was a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand. From 1995 to 1999, she served in the interim BEC of the ANC in Sandton from 1995 to 1999; and from 1999 to 2000, she served as deputy chair of the ANC?s Sandton BEC and as ANC zonal chairperson, in (Alexandra Township, Sandton and Johannesburg East).

Between 1991 and 1995, Prof Mkhize also served in the ANC BEC in Diepsloot; in the National Conflict Resolution Centre Action Committee Against Violence; in the National Women’s Resource Centre; as board member of the Human Rights Foundation, and the Goldstone Commission Committee to clarifying the status of traumatised children.

From 1994 to 1995, she was a board member of the South African Prisoner’s Organisation for Human Rights; and from 1995 to 2003, she was a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and chairperson of the Reparations and Rehabilitation Committee. From 1996 to 2004, Prof Mkhize was a member of the Peace Accord Secretariat and later trustee of the National Peace Accord Trust.

Between 2001 and 2005, Prof Mkhize was chairperson of the FAZE 2 Civil Society Organisation after the World Conference Against Racism and served as reparations officer in the President’s Fund located in the Ministry of Justice.

During the period 2004 to 2008, she was chairperson of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and chairperson of the Council of the University of Zululand. She also served as chairperson of Transparency International South Africa, and was vice president of the member states at the International Criminal Court at The Hague and the United Nations.

Between 2001 and 2004, Prof Mkhize was secretary of the ANC Havana City Branch. During the same period, she was the chairperson of the ANCWL, and she was elected by civil society in her residential area to serve as a health representative within the local Councillor’s Committee.

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Minister, Prof Mkhize served as Ambassador of South Africa to the Netherlands from 2005 to 2008.

She was Deputy Minister of Correctional Services from May 2009, to June 2012, and the Deputy Minister of Economic Development from June 2012 until May 2014.

Prof Mkhize served as the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services of the Republic of South Africa; a position she was appointed to on 26 May 2014 until 30 March 2017.

Research/Presentations/Awards/Decorations/Bursaries and Publications

Prof Mkhize has published in international journals such as “International Journal of Medicine” and “Law and Women and Therapy”.
Source: Deputy Ministry of Correctional Services.


The Home Affairs Minister has asked that we should clarify the matter relating to the contract the Department of Home Affairs had signed with VFS Global. This was after wild and baseless accusations were made last Friday on the occasion of the Home Affairs Budget Vote, in Cape Town.

In terms of the contract, VFS Global was to receive and manage visa and permit applications abroad and in South Africa on behalf of the Department, with the decision to approve or reject such applications still in the hands of the Department.

As previously announced, the contract was intended to strengthen the Department’s capacity to receive and manage visa and permit applications. The tendering processes were followed to the letter when the Department appointed VFS Global.

The Department went on tender in 2010. At the time, Minister Malusi Gigaba was not with the Department. That being said, we must make it very clear that our illustration of the Minister’s absence at the time is in no way to be perceived as the Department admitting to any irregularities on the part of the Minister’s predecessors.

The Department conducted itself in the best interest of the country and the clients and will continue to do so. The Department has made great improvements in services as a result of these interventions.

We wish to discourage baseless accusations that impact negatively on the Department’s integrity especially given the critical role of the Department.

It was the Department that appointed VFS Global in December 2010. The roll-out of the agreement with VFS was from 2011, long before the return of Minister Gigaba to Home Affairs. Minister Gigaba only came back in May 2014 when the contract in question was in place.

There was, therefore, no way that the Minister could have signed or influenced the contract, as claimed by the MP. Even before contracting, as a Department, we had piloted the concept with three other countries.

VFS had been in South Africa as back as 2005, rendering services to other countries.

This brings me to the issue of the receipt provided as evidence by the MP. This receipt was for a person travelling to Saudi Arabia, and therefore had nothing to do with us. We do not, and cannot, offer such a receipt as a country.

The state has mechanisms in place in the event that the MP concerned requires a copy of the contract, than go out of the way, uninformed, to make malicious and very reckless statements.

Be that as it may, in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, a Minister does not sign contracts, a Director-General does, on behalf of a government department.

Another matter brought into contention is the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP). The ZSP was implemented by the Department of Home Affairs in December 2010. It was for a four-year period, ending December 2014. We have repeatedly and consistently been transparent on ZSP.

The allegation that we had cancelled ZSP is devoid of any truth. The ZSP had expired, and was not cancelled for any sinister purpose. The ZSP extension we later granted went to Cabinet for approval. The same process was followed also in regard of the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP), wherein Cabinet’s approval was sought. The same processes will also be followed for similar permits in the pipeline.

In respect of the 2014 Immigration Regulations, in 2011 the Department had approached Cabinet with amendments, for approval. These regulations were processed and duly signed before Minister Gigaba’s appointment into office.

The approach we took was informed by our commitment, as a Department, to improve efficiencies and turnaround time, including convenience for clients, through better queue management systems, with application forms filled online.

By contracting with VFS, we intended also to reduce possible acts of corruption associated with manual permit processing systems. We look at corruption in a very serious light, and are therefore deeply concerned when such grave matters of state, impacting even on national security, are turned into political gimmicks and point-scoring with no bases whatsoever on what is factual.

For the record, we take exception to the baseless accusation that Minister Gigaba or his predecessors engaged in any irregularity. The Minister also asked that we communicate his Office’s intention to write to the Speaker on the same matter. The Department has appealed to VFS Global to continue being transparent and they have agreed to share details of their company directorships.

It would shed more light to note that VFS offers services to other 50 government clients in 123 countries, including, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and India.

Information on other countries using VFS services would probably assist in shedding light on this matter. Thank you.


Once more, thank you for attending. In recent weeks, we have noticed a disturbing trend of anti-immigrant sentiment and even disinformation.

The most recent has been the false messages circulating on social media alleging the department has called for immediate deportations of undocumented migrants from some African countries.

This was rebutted in a media statement the department issued on Friday, 20 January 2017.

We will not incite citizens to take the law into their hands when we have the legal means ourselves lawfully to control illegal migration and effect deportations as necessary.

International migration is a global phenomenon, and is increasingly prominent in political and social discourse in many countries. This is understandable, as it deals with core issues of citizenship, nationhood and belonging. It is tied to issues of economic opportunity.

South Africa, like many countries around the world, plays a careful balancing act in managing immigration. We value our connectedness with the rest of the world; our citizens visit and migrate to other countries, and so do we receive visitors and migrants from other countries.

In the period 9 December 2016 to 14 January 2017, over 1.4 million movements of citizens in and out of South Africa were recorded.

Like many countries, we strive to attract tourists, business travelers, skilled workers and investors. As part of our foreign policy which supports the integration and development of our region and continent, we are committed to making it easier for Africans to move in Africa.

At the same time, like all countries around the world, we are accountable first and foremost to our citizens. We have an interest in ensuring that all foreign nationals entering our country identify themselves, are properly admitted, and comply with our laws for as long as they are here. The vast majority of migrants in South Africa fulfill these obligations.

Like all countries around the world, we also prioritise our citizens when it comes to employment and other economic opportunities. Foreign nationals play an important role in bringing new knowledge, skills, networks and dynamism, but like all countries, we expect them to complement our workers, not be a substitute for them.

That is why a condition of all work visas, is that employers show they made a good faith attempt to find a South African to fill a particular role. That is why business visas carry the condition that 60% of a business’ staff complement must be South African.

And yet, many citizens, labour stakeholders and sister departments are concerned that many businesses do not want to hire South African workers, despite the millions of work-seekers who are willing and able.

In many quarters, this has led to the belief that businesses exploit migrants to lower wages and conditions, which is irresponsible, immoral and illegal. These types of practices and assumptions lead to heightened social tensions in communities, between South Africans and migrants, and can only cause harm.

We need to maintain a policy connection between foreigners working in South Africa and the employment and training of our citizens. The Green Paper on International Migration calls for a ‘whole of government, whole of society’ approach to managing immigration. We need the business community to play its part.

That is why we are seeking meetings with organized business, particularly in the restaurant and construction sectors, to improve our understanding of hiring practices and labour dynamics. We also want to enlist business as a partner in addressing and dispelling perceptions that there are businesses which prefer to hire foreign nationals to South Africans. A meeting is scheduled already with the hotel and restaurant sector.

We are confident that business is committed to developing South Africa, and playing its part in developing our local skills base, employing workers and growing the economy in line with the National Development Plan Vision 2030.

South Africa, like other countries in the SADC region, is well aware of challenges of border control, and the concomitant influx of economic migrants into the country, many under the pretext of asylum-seeking, with others breaking SA’s immigration legislation.

Special dispensations, for regularising the stay of migrants from SADC, are among means of managing this flow of migrant labour in the region. We had started with Zimbabweans, with no intention, as clearly communicated, to confer or create expectations of permanent residence.

Accordingly, we have advised Zimbabwean nationals, whose special permits are expiring, to apply for visas we issue under the mainstream immigration legislation, in the event they aspire tostay for any other purpose or period. On the basis of Cabinet’s decision on this matter, an announcement will be made on how we are going to proceed. But wild speculation, rumourmongering, raising false alarm, fear and loathing are unwarranted.

The inspectorate unit in the department’s immigration services ensures persons in South Africa are correctly documented, reside in the country on a lawful basis and acquire documents and status lawfully. It has standardised systems relating to the detection, detention and deportation of illegal foreign nationals in South Africa.

A total of 33 339 persons were deported during the 2015/16 financial year. Due to budgetary constraints, this number was lower than expected. And this I must emphasise: Resources levels in the inspectorate are below what is required to execute its broad national mandate.

Considering the fragmented nature of border management, government had resolved to establish a Border Management Authority (BMA) – a future, single, integrated border law enforcement body for South Africa. Once established, it will drive an integrated border management strategy to defend, protect and secure the country’s borders.

You would know that the department has set in motion an elaborate process to review the country’s international migration policy, best to deal with policy gaps, some of which constitute the very subject of this media briefing. Most of these issues do find expression in the Green Paper on International Migration, gazetted in June 2016.

We are amending the refugee policy also to close gaps in legislation while a comprehensive policy is underway. Proposed changes, as contained in the Refugee Amendment Bill of 2015, will impact greatly on the status determination process, to protect and prioritise genuine asylum-seekers, thus to make the asylum-seeker process less attractive to economic migrants.

The number of asylum seekers received from January to December 2015 is 62 159. Of these, 2 499 were recognised as refugees, averaging 4.2% of total applications received during 2015. A total of 58 141, that is 95.8% of applications, were rejected, as they were manifestly unfounded (not related to the criteria for granting refugee status) or unfounded (with no basis on fact).

We believe strongly that a regional approach to issues of migration will deliver a better deal for ourselves and for the continent. Push factors of illegal migration may best be addressed in cooperation with countries of the region and Africa as a whole.

Our engagement, for instance with the Kingdom of Lesotho, should be understood in this context of collaboration with SADC neighbours.

Closure of applications for Lesotho Special Permit (LSP)

The application process for Lesotho Special Permit has run its course. The object was properly to document and regularise the stay of Basotho in South Africa for work, study or business.

The LSP process, approved by the SA Cabinet in October 2015, followed closely the regularization, through the Zimbabwean Special Dispensation permit (ZSP), of the stay of Zimbabweans who were in South Africa illegally.

The LSP application process commenced in March 2016, with a closing date of June 2016. It was extended to September 2016, but finally closed on 31 December 2016.

The total number of online applications submitted at VFS was 127 048. By the closing date, 88 563 Basotho nationals had completed the application process. Focus is now on adjudication and processing of the completed applications. To date, 31 019 permits have been collected.Applicants must phone VFS call-centre to check and collect their permits.

Basotho who produced Lesotho ID cards or birth certificates when applying, without valid passports, and still with outstanding documents, must provide all supporting documents before 31 March 2017, to finalise the application. VFS will be in contact with applicants to assist as necessary. This is only for those who paid by 31 December 2016 and have proof of payment.

In a nutshell, LSP benefits are to:

  • Relieve pressure from the asylum seeker management process
  • Provide amnesty to Basotho who obtained SA documents fraudulently
  • Regularise Basotho residing in South Africa undocumented, and
  • Suspend deportation of Basotho who reside in the RSA undocumented, by allowing them to apply for LSP, except those persons who are convicted criminals.

Amnesty and moratorium not to deport will be lifted on 31 March 2017. Accordingly, those who have paid by 31 December 2016 but have not completed the application process by 31 March 2017 will be deported, just as we deport all other undocumented persons in the country.

We request employers and schools to allow all Basotho nationals who have applied for the LSP permit to continue their employment and school attendance using their proof of application receipt until the LSP permit is issued.

Cooperation with countries of the region, and the African continent, is crucial.

I thank you.


As in other parts of the world, immigration has taken a centre stage in the life of the nation.

On the global stage, immigration has proven to be an emotive and contentious issue. It has been used to divide global citizens, with the view that it poses a serious threat and socio-economic challenges for receiving countries.

South Africa is not unique in this regard. Many countries are wrestling with anti-immigrant sentiments. Its manifestations may be seen in some of the issues affecting communities, and are discernible also in the issues exploited to perpetrate criminal activities.

This is to a large measure a complex and delicate matter. Reckless abandonment of the core values of Ubuntu will only lead us into a clumsy and irresponsible reaction. We must respond in a humane and lawful manner, taking into cognizance the genuine frustrations of communities, while remaining mindful of tempers likely to spark violence and other acts of criminality.

There will be no progressive and sustainable victory in xenophobic violence. Opportunistic individuals who partake in it erode the human face we have struggled very hard to acquire. While a more measured approach may not make me the most popular politician, I believe it is the right thing to do.

Our democracy enshrines our hard-earned human rights. We are first and foremost humans. This reality cannot be diluted by your country of origin or what documents you hold, or lack thereof. Humanity, within the context of our Constitution, is not only a cultural prescription of Ubuntu, it is also about legal compliance, and respect for rights of all persons.

Law and order are therefore critical factors when we talk about migration. We must address matters raised by communities, in a legal framework, while ensuring, at all times, they also raise matters within the confines of the law.

Unfortunately, xenophobic violence is not new in South Africa. The country first experienced xenophobic violence in 2008, with attacks on foreign nationals mainly in Gauteng (Alexandra, Diepsloot and Tembisa) and the Western Cape.

The 2008 attacks were investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). According to the SAHRC, among the reasons for the violence were the following:

·         Poor relations between local residents and key officials dealing with informal settlements,

·         Corruption and indifference of leaders,

·         Police unable to deal with attacks, and,

·         Capacity problems, for those providing effective remedy and promotion of access to justice.

In 2015, another wave of attacks was seen in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. It was sparked by a labour dispute over the employment of foreign nationals at the KwaJeena Store in Isipingo.

Among the recurring themes had been contestation over scarce resources in a climate of unemployment, poverty and other socio-economic challenges.

Currently, in 2017, there are renewed incidents of violence against foreign nationals in Rosettenville and Pretoria West.

There are also communities agitating against foreign nationals. In this regard, a protest march is planned for the 24th of February 2017, in the Pretoria CBD by the Mamelodi Concerned Residents. Disgruntlement raised by communities is around competition for jobs, access to economic opportunities and alleged criminal activities involving foreign nationals; these include drug peddling and prostitution.

I have met with protest organisers and have appealed to them to express themselves responsibly.

Government responded speedily to the latest outbreak of violence. We have directed all security officials to be visible in communities and to objectively deal with criminality, regardless of whether it is committed by a South African or a foreign national.

We led a government delegation, with the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, to Rosettenville on Monday 13 February, to make sure that law enforcement agencies are responding to issues raised by communities, and to encourage dialogue between communities and the authorities. Arrests have been made, among others, for alleged drug peddling and acts of public violence.

We called for visible and effective policing, precisely because, failure to respond would be irresponsible in the extreme, as it would serve further to fuel tensions among communities.

We called for compliance with the Constitution and other laws of the Republic, by citizens and foreign nationals. We prioritised documentation of persons in South Africa, and deportation of those who are undocumented. This message to act responsibly, had been conveyed also to businesses in the country, starting with those in the hospitality sector, pointing to the folly and dangers of failing to comply with the laws of the Republic. Business is a critical partner in managing anti-immigrant sentiments and more will be expected of them.

In many cases business incentivises irregular migration, and those contributing to questionable labour practices must be held to account. It is far easier and convenient for some to target desperate and vulnerable migrants than the unscrupulous employers who deliberately fuel tensions in the labour market. It is easier and convenient to target dwellers of rundown buildings than irresponsible buildings’ owners.

In this regard, a paradigm shift has been adopted, we will now target unethical businesses that employ illegal practises.

Government is working with business on these issues, to ensure compliance, employment of locals and harmonious relationships desired for development, economic growth and empowerment of citizens. This work started before Rosettenville. As explained, businesses are a critical factor in some of the challenges. They should not fuel tensions, playing locals against foreigners, but should be on the side of the law.

We have a commitment of the hospitality sector on the need to comply with SA’s labour and immigration laws, especially the requirement to employ a minimum 60% of local people. This is the message we are taking to the rest of business, and will feature strongly in our upcoming meetings. There will be workplace inspections and penalties for employing undocumented foreigners will be imposed.

We are making inroads, also in this respect. A total of 63 people who were employed by the Spar without documentation were arrested at 3 Spar supermarkets. Of these, 19 females are detained at Pretoria Noord SAPS and 36 males plus 9 females are detained at Kameeldrift SAPS. The breakdown for these arrests is as follows:

·         19 females and 28 males arrested at Montana Spar, and the Manager was charged,

·         6 females and 9 males were arrested at Zambezi Spar, the Manager will be charged,

·         1 arrest at Doornpoort Spar, here the Manager was not available,

I have directed my office to set up a meeting with the management of Spar to discuss labour issues.

Government is deeply concerned about outbreaks of violence, which may result in loss of life and/or damage to property. This is why Cabinet has firmly pronounced on this matter, and has expressed full support to ourselves and the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to move speedily in resolving these issues to the satisfaction of communities.

Plenty of work has been done to improve our management of migration and this is not a mere knee jerk reaction to sporadic xenophobic violence. We have been diligently, and perhaps quietly, improving our management of migration. Our measured rhetoric on our immigration work is a deliberate attempt at avoiding populism that may be misconstrued and fuel tensions.

We communicated our interventions and approach to Mayor Mashaba. I directed the DDG of immigration to be available to the mayor following our first meeting, I pressed upon him the importance of allowing our technocrats to do the work without the sensationalism we politicians may bring to issue.

While I have been critical on the approach, I must commend him for his more measured statement condemning xenophobia. While we have different approaches, I am confident that none of us want to be responsible for any public violence or loss of life.

I hold the view that we can better manage migration in a humane and responsible manner.

It is important for the Department of Home Affairs, and law enforcement agencies, to understand the matters raised and make communities aware of how we are tackling them.

I will share with you interventions we have undertaken since 2008.

We have documented, through the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) and the Lesotho Special (LSP) Permit dispensations, those who were in South Africa without documentation. This is helping in knowing who is in the country. As a result of the special dispensation, it is possible to get to higher levels of documentation in the country. Documentation also reduces the possibility of labour exploitation and abuse, which in turn facilitates fairness in the labour market.

We have made improvements at Marabastad Refugee Reception Centre, now called Desmond Tutu Reception Centre. This was to combat corruption and bribery, and we are also turning the tide against those people who are not supposed to go to the centre, as they burden the asylum system.

President Jacob Zuma launched Desmond Tutu on Friday, 17 February 2017, thus opening to the world its cutting-edge technology featuring an automated booking system that’s already transforming the way South Africa receives and processes asylum applications, with less queues and extremely constrained breath-line for bribery, fraud and corruption.

We have initiated a comprehensive review and development of a new policy of international migration, to replace the outdated 1999 White Paper. A new White Paper is being finalised and will be presented to Cabinet in March 2017. This is a bold move forward.

Bearing in mind timelines for completing the legislative process, we have taken the Refugee Amendment Bill to Parliament. Its benefits are to ensure protection of genuine asylum seekers, and to curb exploitation of the system by economic migrants who capitalise on loop-poles in legislation.

We have initiated the establishment of a border management authority, for coordinated, secure and efficient management of the borderline and ports of entry. It is important to move beyond stumbling-blocks and speedily establish this Border Management Authority.

Our department is pushing aggressively to have capacity boosted and systems developed, including in Immigration Management Services. This is an issue we are raising with the Portfolio Committee and the National Treasury.

The capacity of the inspectorate unit is far too low, with only 750 inspectors nationally compared to the city of London, in the UK, which has 3000 inspectors.

The inspectorate has to ensure persons in South Africa are correctly documented, reside in the country on a lawful basis and acquire documents and status lawfully. It has standardised systems relating to the detection, detention and deportation of illegal foreign nationals.

A total of 33 339 persons were deported during the 2015/16 financial year.

We are working with the police to synergise resources.

We have worked closely with the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Migration, established after the 2015 incidents and chaired by the Minister in the Presidency, Minister Jeff Radebe. IMC intervention strategies have included intensive crime-combating and prevention operations planned and executed in all provinces, targeted at hot-spot areas.

These operations were inter-departmental in nature. They focused, among other pillars, on illicit drug trafficking and contraband, undocumented migrants, human trafficking and prostitution, hijacking and illegal occupation of buildings, unlicensed businesses, illegal firearms and management of RDP houses.

I have listed the work our government is doing to better manage migration, I seek to dispel the sensational narrative that government is doing nothing.

Migration matters should be handled delicately. Members of the public must be responsible, not to undo the work we are doing. We are of the view that the implementation of the strategic framework of the IMC on Migration is still relevant, and, if implemented, would help prevent outbreaks of attacks on foreigners as it goes to the root causes of the violence.

The dynamics of migration, crime, drugs, prostitution, fraud and unfair labour practices are too serious to be turned into populists politicking. It is important always to be careful in the narratives we push in the public space. A democratic state bears the responsibility to save lives and to protect rights of persons. I wish to appeal to all South Africans to desist from rhetoric or actions that are xenophobic. I also want to commend the many responsible South Africans who have been a living testament to Ubuntu and tolerance.

South Africa is amongst the most diverse countries in the world, we are a host to multiple nationalities from the world. I reject any insinuation or assertion seeking to cast us as mere xenophobes.

We have challenges, South Africa remains the most diverse country on the continent and is by many measures a beacon of tolerance and human rights.

I thank you.




1. MEDIA STATEMENT BY MINISTER GIGABA ON TENSIONS BETWEEN CITIZENS & FOREIGN NATIONALS(Statements & SPEECHES)… we have undertaken since 2008.We have documented, through the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) and the Lesotho Special (LSP) Permit dispensations, those who were in South Africa without documentation. …Created on 23 February 20172. MEDIA BRIEFING BY MINISTER GIGABA ON FALSE MESSAGES REGARDING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, AND THE CLOSURE OF LESOTHO SPECIAL PERMIT(Statements & SPEECHES)… by the SA Cabinet in October 2015, followed closely the regularization, through the Zimbabwean Special Dispensation permit (ZSP), of the stay of Zimbabweans who were in South Africa …Created on 29 January 20173. Home Affairs Today – Issue 04 of 2016(Home Affairs Today)… in this context that we launched recent programmes such as the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP), completed last year and the current Lesotho Special Permit (LSP), to regularise our SADC neighbours living …Created on 03 June 20164. STATEMENT BY DIRECTOR-GENERAL MKUSELI APLENI ON THE UNFOUNDED CLAIMS REGARDING VFS GLOBAL(Statements & SPEECHES)… on behalf of a government department.Another matter brought into contention is the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP). The ZSP was implemented by the Department of Home Affairs in December 2010. It was …Created on 26 April 20165. Address by the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba MP, on the occasion of Budget Vote 5 at the Extended Public Committee on Home Affairs in Cape Town on 22 April 2016(Statements & SPEECHES)… of Africans on our continent.  It is in this context that we launched recent programmes such as the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP), completed last year and the current Lesotho Special …Created on 22 April 20166. STATEMENT BY HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER MALUSI GIGABA AT THE MEDIA BRIEFING ON THE CLOSING OF THE ZIMBABWE SPECIAL PERMIT PROGRAMME AND THE OPENING OF THE LESOTHO SPECIAL PERMIT.(Statements & SPEECHES)Wednesday, 25 November 2015We thought we should share where we are with regard to the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) programme and bring you up to speed on the recently announced Lesotho Special …Created on 25 November 20157. MINISTER GIGABA TO BRIEF MEDIA ON ZIMBABWE AND LESOTHO SPECIAL PERMITS(Statements & SPEECHES)The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will update members of the media on the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) as well as processes towards the implementation of the Lesotho …Created on 24 November 20158. Minister Gigaba announces the new Lesotho Special Dispensation(Statements & SPEECHES)… learnt from ZSP should put SA in a better position to do even better on the dispensation with the people of Lesotho. With permits for Zimbabweans the Department of Home Affairs has shown its capacity to …Created on 23 September 20159. STATEMENT BY HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER MALUSI GIGABA AT THE MEDIA BRIEFING ON PROGRESS MADE IN THE ISSUANCE OF THE ZIMBABWEAN SPECIAL PERMIT (ZSP), 24 AUGUST 2015, PRETORIA(Statements & SPEECHES)… Affairs indeed it was a milestone to have adjudicated 99.7% of the over 200 000 ZSP applications within the first six months of the project – January to July. Collection of ZSPs will close on 30 September …Created on 24 August 201510. MEDIA ADVISORY: Minister Gigaba to update on Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP)(Statements & SPEECHES)The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will update members of the media on the progress of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) in Pretoria today.  Members of the media are invited …Created on 24 August 201511. Statement by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba at the media briefing on the Zimbabwean Special Permit application process, 17 March 2015, Midrand(Statements & SPEECHES)… supported in large measure by the ten ZSP centres VFS Global established to facilitate ZSP permit applications.We therefore thank VFS Global for the sterling work it had done in this regard, …Created on 17 March 201512. Minister Gigaba to hand over Zimbabwean Special Permits(Statements & SPEECHES)The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will tomorrow hand over permits to Zimbabweans as part of the Zimbabwean Special Permits (ZSP) process.Minister Gigaba will brief members of the media …Created on 16 March 201513. MEDIA STATEMENT on the closure of the Zimbabwean Special Permit application process(Statements & SPEECHES)… by Minister Malusi Gigaba on 12 August 2014, the closure of the ZSPapplication process also marks the expiry date of the old Dispensation for Zimbabwean Project (ZSP). This means that ZSP permits whose …Created on 31 December 201414. Media Statement on Minister Gigaba’s Visit to the VFS Centre(Statements & SPEECHES)On 20 November 2014, Minister Malusi Gigaba accompanied by Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan visited the Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Centre dedicated to the Zimbabwean Special Project (ZSP) in Cape …Created on 27 November 201415. Minister Gigaba to update the media on the Zimbabwean Special Project(Statements & SPEECHES)The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will update members of the media on the Zimbabwean Special Project (ZSP).The Zimbabwean Special Permit is the successor to a permit issued as part …Created on 20 November 201416. Requirements(Requirements)… Asylum South African Ports of Entry VFS GLOBAL Zimbabwean Special Permit ZSP NEW REGULATIONS Foreign Birth Registration Please note that all Immigration …Created on 12 November 201417. Zimbabwean Special Permit – ZSP(Notices)THE NEW ZSPOn 12 August 2014, the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba, MP, introduced the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (“ZSP”). DZPThe old Dispensation …Created on 02 October 201418. Statement by the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, in relation to the implementation of the Zimbabwean Special Permit on 25 September 2014(Statements & SPEECHES)Good morning to everyone.On the 12th of August, 2014, I announced the establishment of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) of 2014 allowing Zimbabwean holders of this special permit to work, …Created on 25 September 201419. Minister Malusi Gigaba to brief media on Zimbabwean Special Project state of readiness(Statements & SPEECHES)The Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba, will brief members of the media on the state of readiness for the implementation of the Zimbabwean Special Project (ZSP).Members …Created on 23 September 201420. REMARKS BY MINISTER MALUSI GIGABA, ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ZIMBABWEAN SPECIAL DISPENSATION PERMIT IN PRETORIA, 12 AUGUST, 2014(Statements & SPEECHES)… Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit of 2014, or to use the acronym, the ‘ZSP’.All relevant and available details are outlined in the media packs accompanying this announcement, but I will give …

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