22 September 2015 - Travelling between South Africa and Lesotho will soon be easier for many Basotho. At least thats the idea from the Department of Home Affairs as it announced a special permit, similar to the one issued to Zimbabwean nationals.
JOHANNESBURG - Travelling between South Africa and Lesotho will soon be easier for many Basotho.
At least that’s the idea from Home Affairs as it announced a special permit, similar to the one issued to Zimbabwean nationals.
Basotho hoping to study and work in South Africa will have to register for a permit the South African government says will be rolled out at the beginning of 2016.
Through better use of technology, new measures by the South African Department of Home Affairs seek to streamline the process of moving between the two countries.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said, "In this regard, scanning of passports, instead of stamping, will be implemented in the short term. This is the right step toward free movement and easing administrative burdens."
Technology will also be used to keep out chancers and criminals hoping to enter South Africa through Lesotho.
Basotho who are currently in South Africa illegally will be given time to get their papers right.
They can hand in illegally obtained South African travel documents and apply for the new permits.
During this period, there will be a delay in the deportation of people back to Lesotho.
Pupils and students will only need to carry their passports and acceptance letters from South African schools.
While the rest of the necessary documentation such as unabridged birth certificates will be kept at their respective institutions of learning.