SA in talks with UK over entry visas

2013-02-28 10:00


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Johannesburg - The government has renewed its efforts to convince the British government that South Africans do not require a visa to visit the UK, Beeld reported on Thursday.

The British visa requirements were introduced in March 2008, for several reasons including the fact that South African passports and ID books were found among the possessions of two terror suspects who were not South African citizens.

The department of home affairs said on Wednesday it was of the opinion that internal corruption had been eradicated and that South African passports complied with international security standards.

The department's communication chief, Ronnie Mamoepa, said South Africa was in talks with the UK government to revise its decision.

"Watertight measures have been put in place to eradicate any negative elements," he said on Wednesday.

He would not elaborate any further on the issue.

A spokesperson for the UK Border Agency would only say that it was continuing to co-operate with the South African government on the matter.

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