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southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that the head of immigration at Immigration & Business Solutions, Sue-Allan Mehl, says that, judged from the so-called Gupta e-mails, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) barely understands its own paperwork, issuing visitors visas for people coming to work here and work visas for people in one capacity who were ultimately employed in another.  

She indicated that, if a company was raided and the paperwork – as issued by the DHA – was at odds with the employee’s reason for being here, this would create a problem for the company.  “The company can be fined and a representative can be jailed as the business would need to prove that they had no knowledge of the person being on the wrong visa.  The first thing the human resources department should check is the validity of the foreign national’s visa.”  Speaking in general terms, Institute for Race Relations CEO Frans Cronje commented that it was always a good thing to attract highly skilled migrants, particularly those who started businesses, invested or had experience a country could not reasonably produce itself.

  • Read this report by Amanda Watson in full at The Citizen

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