Border Management Authority Bill signed into law

President Cyril RamaphosaPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Border Management Authority Bill of 2020 into law.

This new legislation came into effect on Tuesday 21, July 2020.

The legislation addresses a requirement identified by government and diverse stakeholders within the economy for an integrated and well-coordinated border management service.

This is to secure travel and bonafide trade accordance with Constitution, and international and domestic law.

Khusela Diko, Presidential spokesperson, said the new Border Management Authority bill, as an objective of the Act, replaces the present challenge of various agencies and organs of state all playing different roles in managing aspects of border control.

Khusela said:

“The new law provides for the establishment, organisation, regulation, functions and control of the Border Management Authority, the appointment of its Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners and officials. The law also provides for his or her terms of office, conditions of service and functions and powers.”

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She added that:

“Furthermore, the law provides for the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Consultative Committee, Border Technical Committee and advisory committees; for the review or appeal of selections of officers, and therefore the refore the definition of certain things offences and the levying of penalties.”

The legislation therefore contributes to the safety of the country and therefore the refore the integrity and simple trade and the general movement of persons and goods in and out of the country, she concluded.