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'Visa regulations are necessary for national security'

Mantashe says Hanekom and Gigaba have no excuse for arguing with each other in public.

FILE: African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the new visa regulations are necessary for national security, but could change if it hurts tourism.

He's also said both Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba should not have argued with each other in public over the impact of these regulations.

Last week, Hanekom said the regulations were damaging the tourism industry, while Gigaba said they had to stay in place to stop child trafficking.

Mantashe says Hanekom and Gigaba shouldn't have given radio interviews on this subject last week and said they had no excuse for arguing with each other in public.

"They should not have raised those issues [in public]; they don't need to talk to journalists."

He says there are ways to sort out these difficulties.

"We should have meetings behind closed doors and discuss issues there; and see what it is that should be attended to."

Mantashe says while parts of the Immigration Act may change, these regulations should stay in force for now.

"The Immigration Act is a good law, it is necessary for national security, but if it impacts negatively on other areas of work it must be revisited."

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