Jo-lene Da Silva-Vergottini
3 minute read
12 Aug 2021
5:20 am

Vetting foreign nationals tedious but necessary

Jo-lene Da Silva-Vergottini

With a spotlight on corruption at immigration level, in the form of falsified visas and bribery, this has only made the topic more sensitive.

A South African birth certificate and Identity document. Picture: iStock

With unemployment figures at an all-time high and South Africa facing numerous economic challenges, the department of home affairs (DHA) and the department of labour are again taking steps to curb the employment of illegal foreign nationals living in the country. With a spotlight on corruption at immigration level, in the form of falsified visas and bribery, this has only made the topic more sensitive. Consequently, the DHA has taken action and established an anticorruption unit comprised of immigration experts, lawyers and forensic investigators, in the hopes that employment practices towards foreign nationals will be put under scrutiny. Companies turning...