UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

MIGRATION BILL WON'T REACH PARLIAMENT THIS YEAR

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR HOME AFFAIRS

The much publicised, long in the waiting, and highly controversial Migration Bill will not pass through Parliament during this year. This means that the promise of President Mbeki during his opening of Parliament speech earlier this year is turned into a lie. During that speech President Mbeki acknowledged the importance of this law for SA.

The controversial Bill, of which the first draft saw the light of day prior to 1999, is a much-needed instrument for SA to attract highly skilled people to the country. The Bill should encourage the transfer of skills, during a time when we experience a severe shortage of skills in many areas. Such a transfer of skills would enable the country to benefit from this knowledge and assist in the creation of job opportunities.

Though the tug-of-war between the Minister of Home Affairs and the Speaker is currently over the qualification of the Bill, the Chairperson has indicated that the Bill has in any case missed the deadline to be passed in Parliament this year.

The UDM believes that the only losers in this case will be the South African economy and citizenry. The lack of a clear-cut Migration Policy is for many investors a leading obstacle to investing in SA. Attracting investors is a competitive exercise and investors go where they believe they have the best options. SA is part of global competitive market and yet we lack one of the most basic tools required to successfully participate in such a market.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Home Affairs

Cape Town
25 September 2001