Department of Home Affairs
The home affairs department is to review the extension on permits and visas.
The home affairs minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, announced this during the home affairs Budget Vote 2020/21 debate in parliament.
At the beginning of the lockdown, the department announced that all permits and visas that expire intra-lockdown will be deemed to have been extended up to the 31 July 2020.
The department now plans to extend the extension until 31 October 2020.
The minister indicated that the Directions will be amended before 31 July 2020.
As regards the Constitutional Court order on the issue of addresses of voters, the minister reported that the Electoral Commission has worked hard to address this and, currently, out of the 26.5 million registered voters, 24 million now have complete addresses on the voters roll.
Currently 1.2 million people (9.5% of registered voters) still do not have addresses.
The minister gave the assurance that they will not be deprived of the right to vote.
“I will bring to this House proposed amendments to the electoral prescripts which will amongst others provide a varied voting mechanism for these voters. This will entail providing an address at the voting station just before voting.”
Preparatory work on amending the Electoral Act to accommodate independent candidates in provincial and national elections was also underway.