South Africa department of home affairs is planning to scrap visa requirements for African citizens to enter the country. According to the department officials, academics, business people and students who are ‘trusted travellers’ will be the first to benefit. This is according to a white paper on international migration which was adopted by cabinet six weeks ago but has not been made public yet.
The call for the scrapping of visa requirement for all African citizens travelling the continent by 2018 is based on the views of the African Union’s agenda 2063, championed by former AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
During last year’s AU summit in Kigali Dlamini Zuma and Paul Kegame launched the African passport.
According to the same white paper, South Africa fully supports the vision of an Africa where its citizens can move freely across national borders where intra African trade is encouraged and there is greater integration and development of the African continent.
The home affairs minister Hlengiwe Mkize is expected to disclose the new immigration dispensation in her budget speech in parliament on Wednesday. By next year the policy will find its way to legislation