Archive from February, 2023
Feb 28, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Lawyers for Human Rights in legal battle with Home Affairs over 10-year limbo identity document case

Phindile Mazibuko hasn’t been able to travel, open a bank account or apply for citizenship for more than 10 years after Home Affairs flagged her ID document. Thousands of other people are in the same situation. When Phindile Mazibuko was informed by her bank in 2012 that her identity had been stolen, she had no idea that the incident would still be hanging over her head more than 10 years later. For over a decade, Mazibuko has been fighting for the Department of Home Affairs to unblock her identity document, which was “marked”. Read more…

Feb 20, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Proof of Permanent Residency ( PR)

Why does one do this
Obtaining permanent residency is your ticket to securing a full-time residency in South Africa. This alleviates the headache of renewing your visa every few years while still enabling you to enjoy every moment of your stay in South Africa. This is why we call it “Permanent” residency. It is important to make sure that you look after your PR certificate. Read more…

Feb 20, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Govt to oppose order allowing 22 Afghan nationals into SA

Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi believes a US Non-Governmental Organisation is trying to use the legal system to undermine and ambush South Africa’s sovereignty. Motsoaledi has reacted to an order by the High Court in Pretoria that government grants asylum to 22 Afghan nationals.
The order was issued on Friday after lawyers representing a United States-based NGO approached the court on behalf of the 22 Afghan nationals.
The NGO argued that the group might be victimised by the Taliban regime which took power in August 2021. Read more…

Feb 20, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Home Affairs, New bill will allow IDs from age 10

JOHANNESBURG – In South Africa, you may only apply for an identity document when you`re 16 and above but, that`s about to change.

Cabinet has approved a new bill that will allow citizens to get their IDs at the age of 10.

The National Identification and Registration Bill of 2022 is now open for public comment.

The Bill also seeks to lay out an integrated digital national identification system, to keep a record of both SA citizens and foreign nationals. Read more…

Feb 20, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Zimbabwean jailed for 15 years for possession of commercial explosives

A 40-year-old Zimbabwean man has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars for possession of commercial explosives.
The Musina regional court sentenced Luckmore Harunashe on Friday.
Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke said Harunashe and Zorodzai Ignatius Mukonzamariro, 31, were arrested on the N1 between Musina and Makhado in September 2022. Maluleke said the Beitbridge police task team was tipped off about a blue Toyota Condor transporting explosives. Read more…

Feb 17, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

High Court declares sections of Refugees Act unconstitutional

The Western Cape High Court declared sections of the Refugees Act unconstitutional.
• Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath has declared sections of the Refugees Act unconstitutional.
• According to the act, asylum seekers who do not renew their visas within one month of the date of expiry are considered to have abandoned their asylum applications.
• The judge said that the essence of the minister of home affairs’ argument was that most asylum seekers are not genuine and use the process to “avoid meeting the requirements of immigration laws”.
The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town has won a significant victory against the minister of home affairs in the Western Cape High Court, which has declared sections of the Refugees Act unconstitutional.
The sections in question provide that asylum seekers who have not renewed their visas within one month of the date of expiry are considered to have abandoned their asylum applications. Read more…

Feb 16, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Legal agreements that couples in South Africa should know about whether married or not

There are numerous legal agreements South African couples can enter into instead of the “traditional” marriage.
Which legal agreement a couple wants to enter depends on what suits their relationship.
Some may want to get married, but with adjustments to suit their needs. Others may want to live together without getting the government involved.
Michael Visser, a legal advisor at Legal&Tax, explored different legal agreements for couples. Read more…

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