The problems caused by South Africa’s new visa regulations are merely temporary, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday.
“We are going to resolve this problem, I am absolutely sure about that,” he said during replies to questions in the National Assembly.
He was asked how prevalent child trafficking was in South Africa. This was one of the reasons given by government for introducing regulations that require people travelling with children to present their unabridged birth certificates.
“We still find quite a number of incidents of children being taken out of the country illegally, and also being taken out as kidnappees, if you like,” he said, without mentioning numbers.
President Jacob Zuma has set up an inter-ministerial committee to look at the matter. Ramaphosa, who will chair it, said figures would be collated.
“The inter-ministerial committee will examine all available evidence on the impact of these new regulations and will take steps to mitigate any negative consequences,” he said.
DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said no audit was done on the security threat that required the new visa regulations.
He asked Ramaphosa what he would do to resolve the impasse between Tourism MinisterDerek Hanekom and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.
The former has said the regulations have harmed the country’s tourism industry, and the latter has said they were necessary.
Ramaphosa said the committee would meet “fairly soon” to address this.