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Parents urged to thoroughly check home affairs requirements

A mother with dual SA & British citizenship is currently trying to appeal a five-year ban against her child.

FILE: The Home Affairs Department says it has a duty to take action regardless of the transgressor’s age. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - People travelling to South Africa with children have been urged to thoroughly check home affairs requirements to avoid finding themselves on the receiving end of the law.

A mother with dual South African and British citizenship is currently trying to appeal a five-year ban implemented against her daughter, born in the UK.

The 10-month-old child has been declared 'undesirable' after she overstayed her visit to South Africa by 18 days.

Immigration expert Jess Green says while mistakes do happen when travelling, individuals have a responsibility to ensure they check procedure.

"Make sure, even if it will result in you spending an hour in consultation with an immigration lawyer."

Ten-month-old Evaline Labuschagne, who lives in the UK with her mother, will be separated from her father and extended family because she overstayed her visit earlier this year.

Green says, according to his knowledge, a five-year ban is harsh for the extent of the offence.

The Home Affairs Department says it has a duty to take action regardless of the transgressor's age.