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29 Jun 2021
8:31 am

Home Affairs a byword for corruption, long queues and inefficiency


In court papers, Leon Isaacson, an immigration practitioner since 2007, said that 10 years ago, residence applications were handled in less than six months.

Picture for illustrative purposes. A general view of the Department of Home Affairs at Maponya Mall being sanitised on May 04, 2020 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/ER Lombard)

There can be few better, two-word phrases to sum up South African state incompetence and inertia than “home affairs”. The department is a byword for corruption, long queues and inefficiency. Now, it emerges, it is also potentially stifling economic growth by slowing down the already long and tedious process for permanent residence permits. In doing so, it is not only delaying the arrival of badly needed skills possessed by potential immigrants, but is also preventing those immigrants bringing with them millions of US dollars each in potential investments. According to local immigration practitioners – who are now desperately trying to...