Border Management Authority Bill to be dealt with after elections

The draft law allows for the establishment of an overarching authority to control South Africa's borders.

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CAPE TOWN - A draft law allowing for the establishment of an overarching authority to control South Africa's borders will be on Parliament's agenda after the August polls.

The Border Management Authority Bill was recently tabled in the National Legislature.

Currently, various departments are involved in securing the country's borders.

The proposed legislation aims to pull them all together under one body to close any gaps in security.

Cabinet approved the bill in September 2015, which aims to address inefficiencies in the state's ability to secure the country's ports of entry.

The bill aims to centralise the responsibilities of, amongst others, the Department of Home Affairs the army, police and South African Revenue Service.

The authority will be headed by a commissioner, appointed by the president for a five-year term.

Lawmakers will hold public hearings on the bill and scrutinise the proposals towards the end of the year.