Hanekom: I'm not at loggerheads with Gigaba over visa laws

The Tourism Minister says he and his Home Affairs counterpart share a common purpose of protecting SA.

Home Affairs Director General holds up a sample of an SA unabridged birth certificate, Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says it's unfortunate that he and his Home Affairs counterpart Malusi Gigaba have been seen to be at loggerheads over new visa rules.

The ministers were reportedly engaged in a public spat over new stringent regulations implemented by the Home Affairs Department in June.

An inter-ministerial task team has since been set up to review the new policies after concerns that they were keeping tourists away.

Hanekom has stressed that the Tourism and Home Affairs departments share a common purpose of protecting the country while supporting tourism.

"It's just a matter of finding the right way of doing it. And we're trying to save trouble by not compromising our country's security interests. Minister Gigaba and I are not at loggerheads and I think it's unfortunate that it's been portrayed in such a way."