National Assembly: Cape Town, 21st June 2011
Home Affairs is the heart of the nation because it is a custodian,
protector and a verifier of identity and status of all fellow South
Africans. It also administers the movement of foreigners who are
visiting, working or staying in our country through ports of entry.
It also determines the status of asylum seekers and refugees on a
par with international obligation. Hence this Department contributes
significantly to national security and international relations.
However, the recent increase in the cost of Identity Documents from
R20 to R140 and passports from R190 to R400 is preposterous. These
rates are too much for the poor and the unemployed including
individuals whose documents have been stolen, who are getting
married or divorced. These rates will delay peoples development and
progress since they will not be able to apply for these important
documents. Therefore as the Inkatha Freedom Party we propose a
decrease of the above mentioned rates to eliminate chaos in our
country, because this can lead to corruption.
This Department is no stranger to crime and corruption leading to
backlogs to service delivery. We then plead with the Department to
attend to such. Moreover, the IFP urges the Minister to re-think the
scrapping of the ‘Immigration Practitioner’ by the Department in
section because it will promote corruption within the Department.
Moreover, Refugee Reception Offices require proper infrastructure
and sanitation facilities - for example the Lindela detention
pending deportation facility requires additional toilets at the
medical clinic, since both male and female use the same toilet. The
clinic saw 14568 persons from April to June 2010. Hence such
conditions are not conducive to the health workers or the patients.
Home Affairs carries a mandate to care for its citizens and
foreigners in harmony. Thus it should carry this mandate.
The IFP supports this vote
I thank you
Prince MMM Zulu