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Malusi Gigaba says; ‘calm down and comply’.

Malusi Gigaba says; ‘calm down and comply’.

Malusi Gigaba Says ‘Calm Down And Comply’

Speaking in a short media briefing in Pretoria late last week, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said that people should stop complaining about the new travel regulations and ‘move on’.

Gigaba spoke about South Africa’s new travel requirements and said, “When people are finished complaining they must comply. There is no way we are changing it [the new regulations].”

He continued to speak about the laws that require adults to carry unabridged birth certificates, amongst other documentation, when traveling with children saying that, “We must be the front runner. We must fight child trafficking.”

The new visa regulations also state that visitors to South Africa from countries like Russia, China, Kenya and India have to apply for their South African visas in person at a visa application centre in their country.

But with many of these countries having less than a handful of visa processing centres problems and delays with their visa applications are to be expected said the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa).

Speaking to The Citizen David Frost, CEO of Satsa, said that South Africa is now one of the strictest countries when it comes to Chinese travelling across its borders. The situation has already negatively impacted on the tourism industry added Frost.

Gigaba responded by saying that they have agreed to work with the Department of Tourism to identify countries with large numbers of tourists entering South Africa.

“We will open (visa) centre’s in these countries. Numbers show those countries that require a visa (to enter) are now sending more tourists but we have seen less tourists from those countries that are exempt from visa’s,” said Gigaba.

Gigaba repeated that the aim of the new travel regulations is to improve the country’s security, “What will we say on that day if someone commits mass murder? We have to find a balance between tourism and security.”

While South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was present at the briefing, and declined to comment on the tourism matter, Gigaba said they [The Department of Home Affairs] have worked hard to improve service delivery in the department.

Gigaba concluded by saying that ‘People must just calm down and comply. Life will be so much easier’.

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