Beverley Schäfer MPP
DA Western Cape Spokesperson for Economic Opportunities, Tourism & Agriculture
Yesterday, the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, sent a letter to the Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture, extending an invitation to interact with the Minister in Cape Town. The Minister proposed that the interaction take place on either the 4th or the 6th of November.
In his letter, the Minister has indicated that an engagement with the Standing Committee may be useful in order to “forge a better understanding of the immigration regime, and our own sphere of operations.”
The Minister had initially declined to partake in the public hearings and sent a legal delegation to address the Standing Committee in his stead.
However, the Standing Committee felt strongly that the Minister’s input was essential to the public hearings. As the political head of the Department of Home Affairs, he is responsible for the Immigration Regulations (2014), which are affecting the economic well-being of the people of the Western Cape. As such, the Western Cape Provincial Legislature issued a summons to the Minister, to attend the public hearings.
This gesture, in the spirit of co-operative governance, is greatly welcomed.
As planned, the Standing Committee will sit at 14h00 today, 16 October 2014, to discuss the inclusion of the Minister’s input into the draft report. The Standing Committee will decide on proposed dates of engagement with the Minister and the draft report.