1 March 2014

South Africa: Govt to Deport Illegal Foreign Businesspeople

Pretoria — South Africa has to develop the capacity in immigration to be able to address illegal practices, Pandor said when asked about measures to deal with successful business people without business visas.

"We have allowed illegal migration, we have allowed persons to set up businesses without permits, we have allowed persons to get work permits fraudulently, employers are employing persons who do not have legal status; all of these things have to be attended to and addressed by strengthening immigration in South Africa because no country allows itself to have immigration laws abused and neglected in the way that, to some degree, South Africa has allowed things to happen."

This is an area that the government has to give attention to, Pandor said, adding that any person who holds a permit that is going to expire has to apply for renewal in terms of the new regulations.

There have been mounting complaints about the difficulty in getting a South African business visa, work permit or even a visitor visa.


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