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'When you leave SA with a child, we want consent from both parents'

15 October 2019 7:55 AM
Tags:
Home Affairs
Unabridged birth certificates
travel visas

Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi weighs in on the changes in the unabridged birth certificate travel rules.

Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has confirmed that the government is set to abolish the unabridged birth certificate travel rules.

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What does this mean for South Africans and why the about-turn?

Bongani Bingwa chats to Motsoaledi to shed more light on the matter.

We took a view after President Cyril Ramaphosa's stimulus package announcement, to find other methods of fighting child trafficking and not use the unabridged certificate method.

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister - Home Affairs

The issue of a parent leaving South Africa with a child, that rule hasn't changed we still need consent from both parents. When you go out of the country with a child, we want consent from both parents. Both parents must have agreed that this child can leave the country.

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister - Home Affairs

He says when a tourist visits South Africa and they apply for a visa, there is no need for a birth certificate.

But when you leave South Africa, to go abroad with a child, all we want is consent for the other parent because we don't want children escaping out of the country without the other parent knowing.

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister - Home Affairs

Listen below to the full conversation:




15 October 2019 7:55 AM
Tags:
Home Affairs
Unabridged birth certificates
travel visas

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