Woman launches first court challenge to new visa rules

ONE of the first casualties of the new immigration regulations has launched an urgent application in the Cape Town High Court.

US citizen Shaima Herman, who has been declared an “undesirable person” in terms of the new regulations, has cited Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and President Jacob Zuma as respondents in her court challenge.

Herman has been waiting for the approval of her spousal visa for two years, during which time she has visited the Home Affairs offices 14 times.

On Tuesday last week Herman was declared “an undesirable person” in South Africa and fined. Her court application comes as economists and industry bosses warn the regulations could scare off investors and drive away scarce skills.

Economist Chris Hart described them as “everything we do not need”.

Cape Film Commission chief executive Denis Lille said he had received inquiries from international filmmakers who wanted to shoot films in South Africa. These productions could plough R2.5-billion into the economy but were now in jeopardy .

The Emmy Award-winning series Homeland, which is due to start filming in Cape Town this month, could be hit by costly production rescheduling. – Philani Nombembe

2 thoughts on “Woman launches first court challenge to new visa rules

  • June 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Go and send film companies that create jobs and spend money here somewhere else! Very smart Gigaba! The platinum industry is closed down and now you will close down the film industry in the Western Cape! This country is going NOWHERE with these people in charge!

  • June 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    this is bad. go ANC. they are not satisfied with plundering us they now want to bankrupt us aswell. who is going to be able to vist SA at this rate let alone live here. Dallas


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