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Although traffic pressure was reduced on most of the public offices, Home Affairs says they have continued to provide services to the broader public.
Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said this during a media briefing with the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) at the Union Buildings.
With all boarders of entry and exit closed, minister said immigration officials facilitated nearly 540 000 movements through the borders in between the period from 27 March 2020 to 13 July 2020.
“The bulk of these movements were South Africans who returned home and those who departed to go back to work, study or be reunited with their families abroad”
“Nearly 800 000 people visited the Home Affairs Offices. More than 260 431 births were registered. 116 759 replacement birth certificates were issued, as well as 143 604 temporary identity certificates, 130 452 death certificates and 6 801 passports to those in export and cargo transport.”
Motsoaledi added that more than 136 677 smart ID Cards, which were applied for before the imposition of the lockdown, have been collected.
Among recorded movements, it included deportations, the repatriation of foreign nationals, medical evacuations for life threatening conditions and learners from neighbouring countries who attend school in the Republic. These learners are allowed entry and exit subject to strict compliance with set protocols.