CAPE TOWN–The South African Department of Home Affairs (Interior) will introduce this year an electronic visa application system in order to curb fraudulent permits used by some foreign nationals, says the Minister, Malusi Gigaba.
He disclosed when Cabinet Ministers in the Peace and Security Cluster of departments fielded oral questions at the National Council of Provinces, the upper house of Parliament, here Tuesday. Democratic Alliance (DA) member of Parliament Leon Magwebu had asked what the department was doing to address the weaknesses which led to foreign nationals being in the country using fraudulent permits.
During the course of the year, we are going to introduce a number of initiatives. One of them is the electronic applications for visas and for a number of other (entry) permits to the country. That will enable the applicant to obtain information electronically and submit their applications and the documentation to support their applications electronically, Gigaba said.
He added that the initiative would remove the need for the department to provide front-line services which stretched the government’s capacity. It would also pave way for a centralised adjudication system to enable the department to take decisions quickly in terms of people’s applications.
He said the department also planned to introduce an amendment to the legislation to enable it to have an independent citizenship advisory board. But this is only for those who are applying for citizenship once all other processes have been followed in terms of the letter of the law. All of these initiatives are going to be introduced during the course of the year, he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK