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Home affairs refutes claims of stalling visa regulations' changes

The department says it is working within the three month time frame given by the interministerial committee.

FILE: SA birth certificate. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Home Affairs Department has refuted claims that it's dragging its feet in implementing changes to its visa regulations.

Last month an interministerial committee announced changes to the laws that require biometric testing and the presentation of an unabridged birth certificate for children travelling into South Africa.

The department has been accused of stalling the implementation of changes that will see the amendment of both these requirements.

Since the new laws came into effect in June, the tourism sector has reported significant losses which experts say are worse than expected.

However, home affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete says the department is working within the time frame set by the committee.

"The people who have said the department is either dragging its feet or not trying to do this, is clearly didn't the recommendations which gave us three months. Since then it has only been a month, we are working around the clock and will have a number of the recommendations done within three months."