News Articles

Motsoaledi directed to consider amending naturalisation rules to comply with law

Source: EWN, 10/02/2021

With Gigaba no longer a member of the Cabinet, the onus now lies with Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to ensure that some of the lapses in governance identified by Busisiwe Mkhwebane were corrected.
The Public Protector directed Motsoaledi to consider incorporating a descriptive framework for the “exceptional circumstances” which necessitates the application for early naturalisation.
These, the report reads, should not encroach on the minister’s discretion but allow for guidelines to facilitate a fair and uniform approach when dealing with early naturalisation.
The report found that Gigaba was well within his right to exercise his discretion as provided for in law when approving the naturalisation, even though the information which had been given to him by officials to motivate this decision contained inaccuracies.
In this regard, the report directed that responsible officials in the department should consider verifying the accuracy of the reasons provided in motivations, while the minister should consider submitting all supporting documents to Parliament when handing over the names of all naturalised individuals.
www.samigration.com


Search

  •    The home affairs ministry has urged the public to delay application for national documents ` due to rising Covid-19 cases ` that are not urgent. The ministry has over the past three weeks recorded 10 positive Covid-19 cases among its staff at different offices countrywide.... Read more...
  •    The inbound travel trade celebrated today (June 9) following news that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved South Africa from risk alert Level 4 to Level 3.... Read more...
  •    The extension will be done automatically and at no cost to the visa holders On Tuesday, King Salman has directed authorities in Saudi Arabia to automatically renew the validity of residence permits (Iqama), exit and re-entry visas of expats stranded abroad until July 31, 2021.... Read more...
  •    Citizens of Cyprus, Sweden, and Lithuania can now enter Portugal without being obliged to follow quarantine rules upon their arrival, as the latter’s authorities have lifted such a measure for these three countries after estimating that they have recently reported fewer COVID-19 cases of infection.... Read more...
  •    • The Netherlands has announced that flights from South Africa will be allowed to resume, with travel exemptions offered to non-EU residents. • Although most South Africans still won`t be able to enter the Netherlands due to an ongoing EU ban, students, key workers, and those with compelling family reasons will be allowed to travel.... Read more...
  •    An employee at the AG`s office has been arrested. Getty Images • A general manager at the office of the Auditor-General in Pretoria has been arrested. • He allegedly offered a Home Affairs official a R3 000 bribe. • According to the Hawks, it emerged that his ID card and his daughter`s birth certificate were fraudulent.... Read more...
  •    An employee at the AG`s office has been arrested. Getty Images • A general manager at the office of the Auditor-General in Pretoria has been arrested. • He allegedly offered a Home Affairs official a R3 000 bribe. • According to the Hawks, it emerged that his ID card and his daughter`s birth certificate were fraudulent.... Read more...
  •    Rights groups, UNHCR and EU criticise move, which some fear will have a domino effect and see other nations opt out of responsibilities.... Read more...
  •    Crisis to come at a head at the end of June and July, when applications for visa renewals are submitted A child waits in line at a department of home affairs office.... Read more...
  •    Politcal parties raised concern of the problem of long queues where often people are turned away because the system is offline. Minister Aaron Motsoaledi came under fire from some opposition parties in the National Assembly for what they say is the chaotic state of the Home Affairs department.... Read more...

Get the latest Immigration News