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'New visa rules contradict Children’s Act'

The Centre for Child Law says the new regulations are far too costly & impractical for single parents.

FILE. The Centre for Child Law says the new visa regulations are legally incorrect and contradict the Children's Act. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Centre for Child Law has said the new visa regulations are far too costly and impractical for single parents.

The regulations stipulate that minors must travel with an unabridged birth certificate and consent from both parents.

The Home Affairs Department has come under strong criticism but insists it sole purpose is to protect children.

The law clinic said the new regulations are legally incorrect and contradict the Children's Act.

The Centre for Child Law's Carina du Toit said, "This new regulation requires that you get the permission of the father and an affidavit that the child may leave the country, so you have a 15-year-old who's never met his father, for instance, and wants to go on a rugby tour to Europe. They must now go, at his expense, to the High Court to get an order saying that the mother is a single parent."

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