Visa problems

2008-02-12 00:00

South Africans have been plagued by the inefficiencies of the Department of Home Affairs for years. Law-abiding citizens are inconvenienced while innumerable scams have allowed illegal immigrants into the country almost at will.

Obviously the credibility of a South African passport is no longer what it used to be and the almost inevitable result will be that visa requirements will be imposed. This is likely to cost a would-be tourist the best part of R1 000, and will prove particularly inconvenient as there are close cultural ties between the countries, and a substantial minority of South Africans have family members living in Britain.

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