Cape Town - Government's newly-introduced immigration regulations need a rethink, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.
“Media reports and public outcry suggest that in less than a month the new regulations have already ripped apart families, dissuaded investors, and led to the suspension and even cancellation of multi-million rand film and tourism ventures,” DA MP Haniff Hoosen said in a statement.
He called for the regulations to be reviewed and debated by Parliament's home affairs portfolio committee.
“ 1/8Home Affairs 3/8 Minister Malusi Gigaba’s assertion that the... recently-gazetted immigration regulations are in the best interest of South Africa’s security is an insufficient excuse for inefficient policy.”
Omissions and lack of definitions and criteria raised serious concerns about the new regulations, which would be subject to “misappropriation and abuse” by the department of home affairs and its officials.
“Furthermore, the full cost of these regulations to our local economy and the country’s reputation remain to be seen” he said.