Johannesburg - Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants the Border Management Authority (BMA) Bill, which the government hopes to use to tackle porous borders, to be passed and signed into law.
Delivering his budget vote on Wednesday, Motsoaledi decried the fact that the bill, which was passed in the National Assembly in 2017, was still stuck at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).
“Our immediate task is to go to the NCOP and unstick it so that we can establish the authority,” he said.
Motsoaledi said a debate has been raging for a long time about South Africa’s porous borders and fragmented border management approach.
The minister said the borders were presently managed by seven different departments and entities applying 58 different laws passed by Parliament.