No need to fire Gigaba - Ramaphosa

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Cape Town - There was no need to fire home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba over visa regulations, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told Parliament on Thursday.

He was answering questions on the inter-ministerial committee’s recommendations regarding South Africa's new visa regulations.

Taking Members of Parliament (MPs) through the recommendations, which include relaxing some requirements like needing to apply for visas in person, the deputy president said the government had listened to the cries of tourists and tourism companies.

EFF and DA MPs called for Gigaba’s head over the loss of income and jobs due to the visa regulations.

Under the new visa regulations, which came into effect in June, parents could not travel in and out of the country with their minors if they did not have an unabridged birth certificate as well as a passport.

In addition to the documents, both parents had to provide consent for children to travel. Consent was required from a single parent only if the other parent did not acknowledge paternity.

If both parents’ names were on the unabridged birth certificate, the child could not travel without both their consent.

However, these were amended in October and it was no longer mandatory for inbound travellers from visa-exempt countries to carry unabridged birth certificates for accompanying minors.

DA MP James Vos said the regulations had cost the country more than 5 000 jobs and billions in revenue and asked if the president would consider firing Gigaba.

EFF MP Marshall Dlamini said government was "famous for doing first and thinking later", accusing Gigaba of doing this and asked if he would be fired.

This did not sit well with Ramaphosa, who told the MPs he did not have hiring and firing powers.

“As far as I’m concerned there is no reason to take any action against Gigaba, because the government has demonstrated the concerns ... raised by the tourism industry were listened to. We are a listening government and these processes were amended so we can make ease of travel in South Africa.”

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