Border Management Authority Bill (law) – 21 July 2020

At last – Ramaphosa signed the Border Management Authority Bill into law.   The bill came into effect on Tuesday 21 July 2020.    He is of the opinion that the bill would tighten border control and give authorities efficient and effective functions at ports of entry.   South Africa has long been haunted by illegal immigration, (more than 20 years) aggravated by no border control (only a few border gates).  As a result, xenophobia-inspired attacks on foreigners have sporadically flared up, causing domestic tension and diplomatic crises.   And it is obvious some people expected free services, schools, sassa, medical attention and even free houses and employment.   What will happen to any country if we as South Africans do the same to their countries?

Cyril Ramaphosa wearing a suit and tie: President Cyril Ramaphosa interacting with communities across the nation through a virtual Presidential Imbizo on coronavirus.


The Border Management Authority Bill will pave the way for government to set up a single authority to manage the country’s ports of entry.    However, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) will continue to manage revenue collected by the new authority.  The law would replace the challenges currently facing different agencies that manage different aspects of border control.

“The 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,” said Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko in a statement.

“The law also provides for their terms of office, conditions of service and functions and powers. 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.”   Diko said this strengthened agency would mean security at the borders would be beefed.



2 of 2020

The Border Management Authority Act 2 of 2020 intends:

  • to provide for the establishment, organisation, regulation, functions and control of the Border Management Authority;
  • to provide for the appointment, terms of office, conditions of service and functions of the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners;
  • to provide for the appointment and terms and conditions of employment of officials; to provide for the duties, functions and powers of officers;
  • to provide for the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Consultative Committee, Border Technical Committee and advisory committees;
  • to provide for delegations;
  • to provide for the review or appeal of decisions of officers;
  • to provide for certain offences and penalties; to provide for annual reporting;
  • to provide for the Minister to make regulations with regard to certain matters; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.


21 July 2020




In Parliament . . .

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs adopted a report on the Border Management Authority Bill [B9B-2016] and will recommend to the house to adopt and pass the Bill into an Act of Parliament.   The adoption follows the recommendations and amendments made by the Select Committee on Security and Justice while processing the Bill. The committee agreed that the amendments are valid and strengthen the Bill to ensure that it delivers on its mandate.

An important amendment made by the National Council of Provinces is to highlight the consensus reached between the Minister of Finance and Minister of Home Affairs, which removes the South African Revenue Services from the application of the Act. “We appreciate that the two departments have reached a consensus on how to handle the custom-related issues at port of entries, which has been a major sticking point impeding the completion of the Bill,” said Advocate Bongani Bongo, the Chairperson of the committee.   The committee welcomes the fact that as a result of this consensus, the Bill commits both the Department of Home Affairs and National Treasury to agree on an implementation protocol to enable seamless functioning and co-ordination of border management areas within six months of the implementation of the Act.

The committee is of the considered view that the passing of the BMA Bill is a step in the right direction to secure our borders and end fragmentation within this environment. The committee will table its report before the National Assembly and recommend that the Bill be passed and sent to the President for assent into law.
Regarding the performance of the department in quarter three and four, the committee notes the piloting of an e-visa in Kenya. While the committee is aware that this pilot phase should have been rolled out to six missions across the world, it nonetheless welcomes the announcement that the pilot will be extended to India, Nigeria and China in the course of this quarter. The committee has urged the department to fix teething problems identified and to conclude the piloting stage with the aim of introducing the programme.

The fight against corruption is an important pillar in strengthening accountability and good governance. In line with this, the committee welcomes the announcement that 86.6% of the department’s fraud and corruption cases are finalised within 90 days. The committee continues to emphasise the need for the speedy finalisation of corruption cases and the sanctioning of departmental employees.   The committee will continue to monitor the implementation of the Annual Performance Plan to ensure delivery of services to the people.


This previous article article was published in June 2017

The establishment of the BMA, which will be the controlling authority in all matters pertaining to management of ports of entry, goes back to 2013. At that time indications were border protection in terms of particularly the land border would also fall within its ambit, but this has not materialised.

There is, as yet, no indication of personnel numbers but Home Affairs Minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize last month told parliament the BMA would have “border guards”. She did not give any further details apart from telling MPs there was concern about the nature of powers to be given to these border guards to conduct routine searches but did not indicate from where they would be drawn or whether they would be specially recruited.

Once it is established and operational, expected still to be this year, the BMA will take over management of South Africa’s 72 ports of entry, covering the air, land and sea borders. All government departments and agencies currently involved in aspects of border control and management will fall under BMA control. These currently are the national departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Defence; Environmental Affairs; Health; Home Affairs; Public Works; Transport and the State Security Agency as well as the SA Police Services and SA Revenue Service.

“When fully established, the BMA will play an important role at the frontline of South Africa’s borders,” the DHA statement said. Illustrating this is that the BMA Bill is underpinned by imperatives ranging from giving the country a new policy paradigm of integrated border management to a determination to facilitate legal and secure movement of people and goods across South African borders, SANews said.

The thousands of kilometres of land border between official ports of entry remain the preserve of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF). As tasked by Operation Corona there are currently 15 companies, mainly from Reserve Force units, patrolling the land borders with Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The Department of Defence plans to raise this number to 22 over a period of years but this is not likely to happen if current funding levels for the South African military keep on reducing in real terms.


Hierdie nuwe (ou) wetgewing om grense te beman, sloer regtig al vir etlike jare,  te lank na enige burger se sin weens veiligheid, misdaadkomponente en ander aansteeklike en oordraagbare siektes.    Daar is letterlik miljoene immigrante wat vir 26 jaar deurgelaat is, waarvan daar bykans of selfs meer immigrante is as burgers in die land.    Geen sensus word ooit oor immigrante gedoen nie.   Soms as daar wel in “buurtes” steekproewe gedoen word, is die kanse ook groot dat meeste inligting van immigrante is.

Hierdie tendens is die direkte gevolg dat groot gedeeltes wat arm is en bly ook van immigrante is, wat almal swart is en dan word die blaam na 26 steeds voor die vorige regering se deur of “apartheid” of “Jan van Riebeeck die skuld gegee.   Dus, hoe meer groei daar is met bevolkings wat instroom, hoe groter word die armoede.  Afrika se armoede beland reg in ons skote en ons word na 26 jaar die skuld daarvoor gegee.  Hoeveel immigrante baat by swart bemagtiging is ‘n ope vraag en sal daar nie ‘n eerlike antwoord verskaf word nie, juis omdat immigrante hier werksaam is.   Die blaam van armoede en selfs werkloosheid, word daagliks direk voor ons blankes se deure geplaas.   Die verskillende swart bemagtigingswetgewing is nog ‘n rede, want die hele Afrika en selfs Chinese is dan uitgenooi om hier te kom werk, terwyl ons blankes en blanke kinders elders moet gaan werk soek.   Ons menseregte word daagliks geskend juis as gevolg hiervan.   Selfs Ramaphosa se EEN plan is gesaai met swart bemagtiging waar ons blanke volk geen reg toe het nie.

Die oop grense is suiwer die skuld van regering, daar is heelwat besprekings oor ons grensposte en oop grense in parlement wat in Hansards vervat is, wie verantwoordelik moet wees vir die grense en bemanning daarvan.

Natuurlik is dit geen maklike taak om enduit te voer nie, veral as “oop grense” vir 26 jaar gekoester is deur die ANC.   Die ANC regering wou geen grensbeheer toelaat nie, daarom het die regering weggedoen met die “vorige regering” se beleid, selfs die “commando sisteme” wat heelwat misdaad in landelike gebiede bekamp het.     Enige land, selfs Botswana, Frankryk, Engeland, Amerika, Rusland het almal streng grensbeheer en tog stroom daar etlike honderde duisende onwettiges in van hierdie EU lande en Amerika ea lande binne.   Waarom werk hierdie onwettiges dan nie eerder om hul eie lande te verbeter en besighede te begin om hul eie mense beter te steun nie.   Verseker doen Botswana dit.

Voor 1994 was dit ‘n gesamentlike Polisie, Immigrasie en Weermag pogings wat met sukses bestuur is.    Grensposte/brug is normaalweg ‘n Polisie-Immigrasie diens, maar ons het ongelukkig lang grenslyne, wat nie behoorlik beman of selfs toe is nie.     Daar is ook heelwat buurlande wat pendel, hier skoolgaan en werk.

Die kwessie wat oor “populasie” gaan, die miljoene van bevolkingsontploffing van kinders maak is nie noodwendig altyd net plaaslike bevolkings nie.    Daar is heelwat immigrante wat hul baba’s in Suid-Afrika kom kry, gebruik maak van ons mediese dienste wat gratis is, en daarna eenvoudig weer die pad terugneem na hul land van herkoms en soms sal hul selfs Sassa” opeis kry vir so ‘n kind en “afhanklike”.

Die ander opinie is, watter lande gaan toelaat dat ons as blanke minderheidsvolk dit vrylik doen sonder enige probleme – verseker gaan Amerika, Australie en enige EU lande nie hul grense net oopmaak dat ons daar instroom soos wat daar andersinds gedoen word nie.   Geen Afrika land gaan dit sommer doen nie.   Daar is oral vereistes wat gestel word, maar dit geld net vir sekere bevolkingsgroepe.  Dis nie maklik en goedkoop om te emigreer nie.   Waarom kan enige land, indien daar 100000 swartes toegelaat word om in te stroom, nie ook dieselfde hoeveelhede ander volke toelaat nie – dis tog menslik om nie dubbel standaarde te handhaaf nie?     Dit is pleinweg ook diskriminasie dan, want van ‘n blanke word verwag om Rx (honderde duisende rande) bedrag geld landin te bring, maar nie van die onwettiges nie.   Dan gee sommige regerings mildelik aan hierdie immigrante, terwyl daar reeds skenkings aan hul lande van oorsprong gedoen is.

Daarvan getuig al die “onwettige plakkery” en selfs besettings word deur sommige immigrante gedoen.    Daar is organisasies wat sekere dorpe/ voorstede sensus gedoen het en daar is heelwat rondom metro’s, wat ook later eenvoudig gratis behuising, werksgeleenthede, skole, dienste en alles verwag.   Nodeloos om te noem, dat daar heelwat plakkery volg reg rondom ons dorpe en stede, wat eenvoudig oorgeneem word met misdaad, verkragtings, moorde en diefstal.

Hierdie miljoene plaas ‘n onbegonne en ekstra las op ons polisiedienste en munisipale dienste, begrotings van munisipaliteite, die diefstal van elektrisiteit geskied oornag van robotte, pale of selfs toegesluite plekke word oopforseer om te kan elektrisiteit steel – waarom sal hulle betaal as dit gratis gekry kan word?

Burgers is ontevrede omdat die wettige roetes nie altyd gevolg is nie.   Daar is natuurlik kilometers en kilometers grense wat nie eers ‘n grensdraad het nie, die persone stap of ry sonder gerief oor en kom “werk” of doen besigheid hier en so word daar ook heelwat mense en ander verbode artikels gesmokkel.    Dit was in N Zuma se tyd wat hierdie grense oopgemaak is, toe sy nog minister was net na Buthelezi.   Meeste van hierdie “wettiges” of “onwettiges” kom verder met stringe kinders wat nie net ondervoed is nie, maar ook ernstige siektes met gemak oordra.   Alles wat ‘n ekstra las plaas op die burgers van die land.  Van hierdie vreemdelinge verwag alles gratis, want volgens wetgewing mag daar nie gediskrimineer word nie.

Gaan hierdie onwettiges se lande van oorsprong ons verwelkom in hul lande as ons so plak en gratis eis?   Daar is geen land wat dit gaan doen nie, maar dit is oral so, tot in EU lande word swartes verwelkom en betaal, maar blankes moet honderde duisende inbring alvorens hul mag emigreer.

Dis 100% reg met die ANC regering om swart bemagtiging in te stel slegs teenoor die blanke burgers van hierdie land.   Hoekom word Chinese hier verwelkom maar blanke burgers wat al vir 5-10 geslagte in die land is, is onwelkom weens hul velkleur.

In the year 2008 the South African High Court in Pretoria ruled that the South African Chinese community were “black” in terms of Employment Equity and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.  This was the result of an eight-year battle launched by the Chinese Association of South Africa to clarify their status in terms of affirmative action and empowerment legislation.
Chinese under B-BBEE legislation


The Government launched a Youth Employment Portal in March to tackle the massive Youth Unemployment epidemic in South Africa.   This included the unemployed of the BRICS countries – no whites.   Black racism.
Swart rassisme : Jeug / Racism


Black Umbrellas — a vehicle for radical economic transformation.
B-BBEE – Shanduka black umbrellas

Eienaardige “tender” prosedures wat gevolg is.   Wie het die grensdraad, wat swakker is as honderhokke, opgerig?   Dis pateties wat die regering toelaat om te gebeur en die belastingbetaler moet opdok vir ‘n grensdraad wat die een dag opgerig word, en die volgende dag is dit eenvoudig stukkend en gesteel. 
Fencing of borders – De Lille and Magwa Construction


This is not the first case, not the last one and not a strange phenomenon.    The question is, since 1994 already we have a government that wanted illegals and immigrants in the country. 
Four 25-seater buses of foreign nationals back to Lebombo Gate

Long discussions took place in parliament for years, since 1994 how to control the borders – there is no border control – it is open to walk over.  In Hansards of Parliament.
Illegals – Unemployed – uncontrolled borders

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