Home Affairs takes action against child trafficking

Johannesburg - Child trafficking has become an increasing problem in Africa and the world, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan said.

"The department of home affairs has the responsibility to act in an endeavour to curb this evil," she said in a speech in Johannesburg.

"For this reason, we have now put in place various requirements when people travel across our borders with a child."

Chohan said people would have to get used to the provisions as they were "here to stay".

The requirements were:

- When parents travelled with a child they had to produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of both parents;

- In the case of one parent travelling with a child, in addition to producing an unabridged birth certificate, a consenting affidavit from the other parent had to be produced.

- When a person travelled with a child who was not his/her biological child, they had to provide a copy of the child’s unabridged birth certificate, a consenting affidavit from the parents/legal guardian, copies of the identity documents/passports of the parents/legal guardian, and their contact details.

"These provisions form part of our international commitments to root out child-trafficking," said Chohan.

Melissa May Nel 2014/08/26 10:42:51 AM
whatever it takes to keep our children safe
criticallyhonest 2014/08/26 10:56:36 AM
I would really like to know the percentage of people who cross a South African border that have their passports scrutinised by someone who knows, understands, and applies the appropriate regulations and are not susceptible to bribery. That number will determine the effectiveness of these logical and necessary regulations: or are they just window dressing?
Maretha Mineur 2014/08/26 11:03:25 AM
Completely idiotic regulations- what happens when either mother or father abandoned the child- who gives permission? Yesterday Gigaba said that the unabridged birth certificates need not be translated- so border control officials will now be able to read Chinese, Greek and Russian?!!And of course, criminals are put off by laws, they have no means of forging documents?? If no other country in the world has these regulations, it is only because they are not run by idiots.
mica gogome 2014/08/26 11:10:08 AM
We want the money,pay back the money
Kwinda Eric 2014/08/26 11:28:19 AM
minister mst say sumthing abt de home affairs officials who share our I.D numbers wth de foreigners.
Mikey Scholtz 2014/08/26 11:30:25 AM
If you are planning on traveling out of the country in the next year, best you apply for your children's unabridged birth certificates now as home affairs can take up to a year to supply these.
Mikey Scholtz 2014/08/26 11:33:02 AM
And of course we are going to stop all the Zimbabweans from returning home after extended stays with their children as they don't have any form of birth certificates with them.
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014/08/26 11:35:18 AM
All very nice, but wouldn't it be more appropriate if you get Home Affairs to run as it should before trying to save the worlds children?. No child smuggler land at Oliver Tambo with passports in hand, he crosses the borders that the likes of you are not capable to protect. So what do you achieve?
Tebogo Ntjaagae 2014/08/26 11:50:19 AM
hope they will have the time to check them.
William Thompson 2014/08/26 12:05:12 PM
Bad move home affairs how idiotic