The government says very little has changed on its policy regarding requirements for children travelling from Zimbabwe to South Africa. The government says its stringent measures are meant to curb the trafficking of minors.
The South African Government recently announced that it was relaxing the travelling requirements for minor children. The move was met with ecstatic joy by Zimbabwean parents who have had to fulfil stringent requirements with immigration officials.
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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture Melusi Matshiya told the Sunday News that in fact, little has changed on the Zimbabwean side. He said
Reference is made to the latest advisory of 01 December 2018 published by the Department of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa referring to children travelling through South African Ports of Entry.
In essence, there is no blanket exemption except on the following: Children who are South African citizens travelling to South Africa with South African passports may be accepted by conveyors of travel without presenting birth certificates.
Such children may be assisted by Immigration Services on arrival at South African ports of entry, while children in possession of valid South African visas, children whose countries endorse parent’s particulars in children’s passports and children on school tours whose parental letter is replaced by a blanket letter from the school head may be exempted.
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Melusi Matshiya is the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture. Read More About Melusi Matshiya