2022-w2767 - 22 September 2022

Hannah Shameema Winkler to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether his department is considering visas on arrival particularly from the priority tourism markets of the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) timelines, (b) time frames, (c) milestones and (d) deadlines in this regard; (2) whether his department is considering digital nomad visas, particularly from the priority tourism markets of the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) timelines, (b) time frames, (c) milestones and (d) deadlines in this regard; (3) what are the (a) criteria and (b) conditions of extension of tourism visas?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Sep 2022

1. There is no provision for visas on arrivals in the current Immigration Act. The Department can therefore not issue visas on arrival.

2. In his State of the Nation Address on 14 February 2022 the President announced that he had appointed former Department of Home Affairs Director-General, Mr Mavuso Msimanag to Review the Visa Regime.

I therefore request the Honourable Winkler to await ...

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2022-w2534 - 22 September 2022

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

Whether, with regard to early indications that up to 40% of all work, study and retirement permits might have been fraudulently obtained and/or issued by his department, his department will consider freezing all permits in order to review them; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Sep 2022

The report from the Ministerial Review Committee was received by the Department, which outlined areas for further investigation. The report’s main recommendation is that a Multi-Disciplinary Task Team be appointed to conduct an in-depth investigation into the identified areas. The appointment of the Multi-Disciplinary Task Team is at an advance stage. The Task Team is to consist of experienced senior counsels, forensic investigators, Data ...

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2022-w2696 - 22 September 2022

Vuyolwethu Zungula to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Noting that he has put together a team of advocates to probe citizenship certificates issued since 2004, and that there is a preliminary report on the matter, what total number of Home Affairs officials have been implicated in the report; (2) which areas are hotspots for the issuing of illegal citizenship certificates; (3) what measures are being put in place to proactively curb the criminal behaviour; (4) whether such citizenship statuses will be revoked; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (5) what mechanisms will be used to track all illegal recipients? NW2880E

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Sep 2022

1. The report from the Ministerial Review Committee was received by the Department, which outlined areas for further investigation. The report’s main recommendation is that a Multi-Disciplinary Task Team be appointed to conduct an in-depth investigation into the identified areas. The appointment of the Multi-Disciplinary Task Team is at an advanced stage. The Task Team is to consist of experienced senior counsels, forensic investigators, ...

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2022-w2611 - 22 September 2022

Thembisile Angel Khanyile to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)With reference to allegations that his department spent R300 million to pay certain companies (names furnished) to upgrade the Home Affairs National Identification system to an automated biometric identification system, but that it was never completed (details furnished), what steps has his department taken to recover the amounts it has paid with nothing to show, (2) whether his department intends to claim damages due to nonfulfillment of the contract; if not, why not; if so, what are the time frames in this regard; (3) what disciplinary action has his department taken internally against its (a) employees and (b) managers who (i) oversaw the contract for over a 5-year period without reporting non-performance and (ii) authorised payment to the specified company and/or its subcontractors despite no work being completed? NW3127E

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Sep 2022

1. There has been a deliberate misinformation campaign on this ABIS issue and we were shocked to read a headline on a Sunday paper that claimed that Home Affairs has blown R300 million. Another one followed a few days later and claimed that the amount that has been blown is R450 million rand. It looks like there was a competition to misinform. On 2 ...

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2022-w2635 - 22 September 2022

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) Whether any security risk assessment has been performed on Home Affairs Information Technology systems, including operating systems, anti-virus and database security at all Home Affairs offices; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether the software licenses of the systems are up to date; if not, what is the (a) process and (b) timelines to get the licenses up to date; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Sep 2022

1. The Department does vulnerability assessment and penetration tests from time to time. These are done by internal resources and also by external resources through the Internal Audit unit. The reports from these exercises are then shared with internal stakeholders like Application Management, Data Centre, and Networks. These reports come with findings of what needs to be fixed and by whom. The third party ...

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2022-w2636 - 22 September 2022

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with reference to the requirement that a South African father of a child born to a foreign mother has to produce a DNA test result to confirm parentage before the child can receive South African citizenship, a fee waiver process is in place for the fathers who are indigents and cannot afford the cost of the DNA test; if not, will he put such a fee waiver process in place; if so, what is the process to apply for a fee waiver?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Sep 2022

No, there is no waiver of fees process in place by the Department for the parents who cannot afford DNA tests, as the fees and tariffs hereto are administered by the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS). The National Health Laboratory Service is a South African national government institution established in terms of the National Health Laboratory Service Act 37 of 2000 to provide quality, ...

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2022-w2803 - 22 September 2022

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Regarding the project for 10 000 youths to scan the archived documents of his department, what will be the respective roles of his department and the Department of Employment and Labour in the appointment process; (2) what process will be put in place to ensure that the application and appointment process is transparent and subject to parliamentary scrutiny? NW3396E

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Sep 2022

1. Roles of the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Employment and Labour are outlined hereunder:

Department of Home Affairs:

- Project Plan including, project costs, deliverables and milestones. This was submitted by DHA to National Treasury on 26 August 2022.

- Drafting and compiling the advertisements;

- Exercising oversight role through weekly meetings with officials working on the project from the ...

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2022-w2804 - 22 September 2022

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)With reference to his department’s briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on 12 July 2022 on the review of permits issued since 2014, which highlighted widespread fraud, fake users being created on the system, key logging and identity theft and that staff of his department was operating a visa fraud syndicate, with most of the alleged perpetrators still working in permitting to this day, what (a) is the timeframe to complete the in-depth investigation and (b) processes have been put in place to halt the fraudulent activity given that the outdated systems and corrupt staff remain in place; (2) whether the investigations will include staff who have left the department since the commencement of the investigation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will take steps to institute criminal charges against both current staff and former staff where prima facie evidence of criminal wrongdoing is found; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Sep 2022

(1)(a) The report from the Ministerial Review Committee was received by the Department, which outlined areas for further investigation. The report’s main recommendation is that a Multi-Disciplinary Task Team be appointed to conduct an in-depth investigation into the identified areas. The appointment of the Multi-Disciplinary Task Team is at an advanced stage. The Task Team is to consist of experienced senior counsels, forensic investigators, ...

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2022-w2637 - 12 September 2022

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What are the reasons that his department has chosen to use an email appointment booking system for new asylum applicants instead of opening refugee reception centres, (b) under what legal provisions is his department empowered to introduce an email booking system rather than an in-person queuing system, (c) what is the current backlog of asylum applications, (d) what is the current backlog on asylum application appeals, (e) on what date are refugee reception offices planned to fully reopen and (f) what number of appointment emails have been (i) received and (ii) booked and (g) what was the average waiting time for each person booking an appointment as at 31 May 2022?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 12 Sep 2022

a) The rationale for the email solution is to try to work the two-year backlog downwards without troubling over around 40 000 clients to come to offices at once whilst the capacity can only take a limited number. It must be noted that the offices were closed for a period of two years due to disaster regulations and over this period no new asylum applications ...

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2022-w2509 - 12 September 2022

Frederik Jacobus Mulder to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) (a) What (i) total number of employees of his department are currently working from home, (ii) number of such employees have special permission to work from home and (iii) are the reasons for granting such special permission and (b) on what date will such workers return to their respective offices; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 12 Sep 2022

(1)(a)(i) The Department of Home Affairs is currently not having any employee working from home.

(ii) Not Applicable;

(iii) Not Applicable;

(b) Not Applicable; and

(2) Not Applicable

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