South Africa: Mbeki takes aim at Motsoaledi’s white paper on migration

Published: 4/Mar/2024
Source: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

By Lizeka Tandwa

Former president Thabo Mbeki has criticised Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection in a letter written to the department, calling for it to be improved.

In a letter seen by the Mail & Guardian and dated 31 January, Mbeki pointed to discrepancies and “very serious omissions” in the white paper (WP) which he said, “make it impossible for our population to make the constructive comments requested” by the minister.

“It is … not written in a manner which empowers the citizens, not members of the DHA (Department of Home Affairs), to make any meaningful comment about what are critically important matters. Accordingly, I humbly suggested that the Draft WP should be improved, taking into account the comments above, and others, and then re-published for public comment.”

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Themes: Acquisition par les enfants, Naturalisation et le mariage, Nationalité des réfugiés
Regions: Afrique du Sud
Year: 2024