- President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed off on the Border Management Authority Bill to strengthen SA's borders
- Ramaphosa said that this would address the need for an integrated and coordinated border management service
- This would serve to strengthen the nation's boundaries and secure trade and travel
President Cyril Ramaphosa has put pen to paper and officially signed into law the Border Management Authority Bill. In a statement from the Presidency on Tuesday, it was confirmed that the bill was passed by the National Assembly in March.
The statement continued to explain that this law would serve to reinforce the nation's borders:
"The legislation addresses a need identified by government and diverse stakeholders in the economy for an integrated and well-coordinated border management service that will ensure secure travel and legitimate trade in accordance with the Constitution and international and domestic law."
The Presidency continued that the new law would solve the challenge of multiple agencies all attempting to manage different aspects of border control:
"The integrated authority will contribute to the socio-economic development of the Republic and ensure effective and efficient border law enforcement functions at ports of entry and borders."
This new law provides for the establishment, organisation, regulation, functions and control of the Border Management Authority, the appointment of its Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners and officials:
"Furthermore, the law provides for the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Consultative Committee, Border Technical Committee and advisory committees, for the review or appeal of decisions of officers, and the definition of certain things offences and the levying of penalties."
All these facets of this new law will strengthen the nation's borders without restricting trade, explained the Presidency:
"The legislation therefore contributes to the security of the country and the integrity and ease of trade and the general movement of persons and goods in and out of the country."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the drama surrounding the R37 million project to secure the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe had escalated. Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has called for a probe into the project initiated as part of her department's response to the Covid-19 crisis.
De Lille has asked auditor-general Kimi Makwetu to conduct an urgent, independent audit into the situation:
“In the spirit of transparency and accountability, I am asking the auditor-general to immediately commence with an external audit of the process followed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure in terms of the 40km Beitbridge border fence project."
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