22 March 2011
This bill is an abomination. All the public inputs received rejected
it. Yet the majority party is approving it. The Department has sold
it to us an interim measure, yet there is nothing interim about it.
It eliminates an entire class of professional, the immigration
practitioners. The Department explained this on account of the
discomfort of the officials in dealing with people who actually know
laws and regulations and tell them what to do. The Department was
candid enough to stick its entire leg in its mouth. After the bill
is passed foreigners must deal with the Department directly without
any lawyer, immigration practitioner or another representative. This
Under ordinary circumstances, the bill prohibits foreigners from
changing their status while in the Republic. A tourist wanting to
become a student or a student a permanent resident must leave our
country, apply from abroad and wait abroad for ever for a visa to be
granted. This even applies to those acquiring permanent residence on
account of marriage, which is unconstitutional.
The Bill institutionalizes high level corruption by requiring that
investment permits only be granted if in the national interest
against conditions to be set out in regulations. This will make the
Savoi case the ordinary way for foreigners to invest in SA. Gaston
Savoi was directed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and his
Adviser who to use as his partners for BEE purposes and who to give
donations to in order for his business to be deemed in the public
interest. They masterminded in the interest of their cadres this,
how this foreign investor had to spread around his wealth in order
to stay and do business in our country. This bill will make this
practice mandatory so that our country may finally be
internationally known as the land of corruption.
The Inkatha Freedom Party rejects this bill.