- Former tourism minister Derek Hanekom recently shared his views on South Africa's visa laws
- Hanekom feels that blocking tourists from entering the country poses less of a risk than poverty and unemployment
- At a time when SA's economy is facing massive challenges, the nation may be excluding a viable source of income from other countries
Derek Hanekom has spoken out against how difficult it is for tourists (and the money they bring with them) to enter South Africa.
Taking to social media, the applauded former tourism minister commented that:
"Visa exemption for Russian tourists to South Africa was granted 3 years ago. Immediate, dramatic increase in tourist arrivals. Did it pose a security risk? Of course not. Our biggest security risk is poverty and unemployment."
This comment was in response to a user asking what 'anyone' would need to obtain a visa in order to enter the country.
Hanekom's comments come in stark contrast to other political calls to reinforce the nation's borders against illegal immigrants.
At a time where the nation's economy is flagging and unemployment is at a ten-year high, Hanekom may rightfully be pointing out how strict border control is restricting the flow of desperately needed capital to SA.
Meanwhile, Hanekom has taken on former president Jacob Zuma for accusing the ex-minister of working with 'enemy' forces during apartheid.
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