As the African saying goes, a leopard cannot change its spots and the zebra its stripes. Perhaps there are some lessons to be learned, optimistic but also cautionary, now that the immigration fraternity pass on the baton to fellow professionals with vested interests in National Treasury and SARS.
A child born in South Africa does not automatically qualify for South African citizenship if their parents are foreign.
According to Advocate Priscilla Jana, deputy chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), the organisation has been unaware that unabridged birth certificates were not issued to such children.
The (ex-)Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba had granted study visas to the learning institutions which are still currently in the process of registering with the Department of Higher Education (DHET).
A NOTABLE APPOINTMENT: HLENGIWE MKHIZE
Mkhize has been a vocal telecoms deputy minister and has championed the participation of more women in the ICT sector.
The SA Communications Forum congratulated Mkhize on her new appointment. “As we deepen our advance into the fourth industrial revolution, all aspects of government must be digitised more rapidly. Minister Mkhize’s clear insight and expertise as to how technology and ICT platforms can offer innovative approaches will enable citizens to have better access to vital services.”
ABOUT HLENGIWE MKHIZE
Ms Mkhize is currently serving as the Minister of Home Affairs.
She was born on 6 September 1952. She served as a Member of Parliament since 2009. A founding member, and trustee, of the Children and Violence Trust since 1995, had been a trustee of the Malibongwe Business Trust from 2005. Professor Mkhize holds a BA degree in Psychology, Social Work and Sociology (University of Zululand); BA Hons (Psychology) and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Natal. She was a senior lecturer and researcher at Wits from 1990 until 1995. She was a board member of the South African Prisoner’s Organisation for Human Rights from 1994 to 1995; Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Commissioner and Chairperson of the Reparations and Rehabilitation committee from 1995 to 2003. Prior to her appointment, Prof Mkhize was ambassador to the Netherlands, had a short stint as Deputy Minister for Correctional Services and most recently served as the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
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