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WC govt to meet with Minister over immigration bill

The amended immigration regulations will make it difficult for foreigners to travel to the country.

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - A Western Cape government report into the impact of amended immigration regulations has been put on hold pending a meeting with Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaga.

The Western Cape standing committee for Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture was on Thursday expected to adopt a draft report based on public hearings held last month.

A draft report based on the submissions was expected to be adopted by the committee on Thursday.

The committee says it must first meet with the minister before adopting the draft report.

The controversial amended immigration regulations will make it difficult for foreigners to travel to the country and stipulates that children must travel with unabridged birth certificates.

The same applies to South Africans leaving the country.

The application process can take several months.

The committee's Bev Schafer hopes next month's meeting with Gigaba would yield positive results.

"We were very excited to know and very relieved to have Minister Gigaba's letter arrive to indicate that he's quite willing to meet with the standing committee on the immigration regulations 2014."

The 55-page document draft report into the new emigration regulation is expected to be adopted following that meeting.