Gigaba to discuss new visa regulations

Minister Malusi Gigaba will deliver his department’s budget vote in Parliament today.

Gigaba will address new visa regulations when delivering his department’s budget vote in Parliament. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says stricter visa regulations were implemented to benefit South Africans by attempting to close gaps in the system, reduce security risks and child trafficking.

The minister will be delivering his department's budget vote in Parliament this morning.

South Africa's new visa regulations have sparked public outcry and legal challenges.

The High Court in the Western Cape has reportedly ruled against the department in at least four cases where family members have been declared 'undesirable'.

Gigaba says the strict visa regulations are here to stay.

But his department will be speaking to affected stakeholders on how to ensure they are practically implemented.

He says they didn't come up with the regulations arbitrarily and has explained it's in response to gaps in the system.

"They overstay maliciously and pay the fee because the fee is affordable. What do you do in that case? It basically means that we've got no policy. We've got a policy that the rich can pay their way out of."

The minister says foreigners who overstay will be declared 'undesirable' for a period aligned to the seriousness of their offence.

To view the new regulations, click here.