Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

Chris Watters

Home Affairs must amend 'undesirables' clause

7th July 2014 How many more times are the Courts going to order the Department of Home Affairs to admit yet another “undesirable” before the Department reads the... 

Home Affairs and the Immigration Amendment Act: So where to?

9th June 2014 We now have a major amendment to our immigration legislation and processes.  But what is happening at Home Affairs?  Who, really, is at the helm of... 

The (all new) Immigration Amendment Act, 2011 - What happens in the short term?

26th May 2014 The long awaited amendments to the Immigration Act, have ‘happened’. Both the 2007 and 2011 Amendments along with a wholly revised set of... 


Zimbabweans In South Africa – An amnesty travesty?

7th April 2014 So, for those approximately 230 000 Zimbabweans who are sitting with their 2010 ZDP permits, the truth will out and the waiting is at an end.... 

'Guptagate', ports of entry and the Department of Home Affairs

6th May 2013 Amidst all the dust and fury of the Guptagate saga, little seems to have been said about the possible role of the Department of Home Affairs – or... 

Mangaung and a new immigration policy?

6th November 2012 Amidst all the supposed doom and gloom in the run up to the Mangaung conference, it is hoped that attentions will not be solely focused on the... 

Home affairs, short term visits, babies and the bathwater (again!)

29th March 2012 As part of its regular display of how much “it cares” for local business confidence, job creation and South Africa’s offshore image as being ‘open... 

The NDP and Home Affairs

21st November 2011 With the NDP, as proposed, the government (or at least Manuel’s office) begins at last to come to terms with what informed immigration policies can... 

South African ‘Refugees’ in Canada

14th October 2011 The media reported recently, and perhaps with a little less passion than previously, that the Federal Court of Appeal [“FCA”] had dismissed Mr.... 

The Department Of Home Affairs is failing refugees

10th October 2011 What is it with so many South Africans and refugees? Why do so many have such a jaundiced view of people who are “forrin”?  

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