Gigaba could get jail time

2014-06-24 08:23
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba (Supplied)

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba (Supplied)

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Pretoria - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba could get time in jail after he was found to be in contempt of court in a case involving a stateless man.

The court found Gigaba was in contempt of an August court order directing him to decide within 30 days whether Frederik Ngubane, who is not recognised as a citizen of any country, could live in South Africa as a permanent resident.

Gigaba has reportedly been given a five-day grace period to reach his decision, the Sowetan stated.

"Should the respondent fail to comply... the applicant is allowed to approach this court for an order for the respondent's committal to prison... alternatively for an order that the respondent pay... a fine," the newspaper quoted from the court order.

The ruling came after Lawyers for Human Rights acting for Ngubane, 23, went to court after the department of home affairs failed for almost two years to decide on Ngubane's application.

Ngubane was born in South Africa in 1990, spent much of his life in Kenya and Uganda, has no papers and his parents are dead, the Times reported.

Lawyers for Ngubane said they would ask for jail time for Gigaba rather than a fine.

Gigaba has come under fire recently over new visa regulations that experts say have an array of shortcomings which would make it impossible to apply for a work visa or any other visa.

The minister says that the new regulations are fully constitutional, Sapa reports.

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