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ANC Home Affairs Study Group concerned about ongoing Fireblade/DHA matter

30 October 2018

The African National Congress (ANC) Study Group on Home Affairs is concerned about the absence of a signed agreement between aviation company Fireblades Oppenheimer and the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), as per the ruling of the North Gauteng High Court. In October 2017, the court ordered that the Department of Home Affairs should put in place an agreement that will see the department render immigration and customs services at Fireblades International Airports.

Representatives of Fireblades Oppenheimer appeared before Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs today, following the committee’s oversight visit to the terminal in August, where the committee voiced its concerns about the non-implementation of the court order. In light of this, the committee resolved to call the Minister of Home Affairs and the Director-General (DG) of the Department to appear before the committee to explain this non-compliance with the court order.

We have also been made aware of gaps in existing legislation, chief among which is a loophole which does not oblige private aviation companies to pay for services rendered to them by the state. This is a matter of concern and legislation must be introduced to ensure that the state and all its respective organs are well remunerated for the services it renders to private companies. We are of the view that this matter must be brought to bed and all parties must find an amicable way of resolving this issue.

We condemn with the strongest contempt the behaviour displayed by a vigilante group who identified themselves as Black First Land First (BLF), who attempted to disrupt today’s committee meeting. This was not the first time this grouping has attempted to cause anarchy in Parliament.

n May 2017, the same group disrupted a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Finance and the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, where their leader, Mr Andile Mngxitama, verbally attacked ANC MP and Chairwoman of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, comrade Joan Fubbs, calling her a fascist. He also threatened to physically assault ANC MP and Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Finance, comrade Yunnis Carrim.

We call on the Office of the Speaker of the National Assembly to urgently investigate this matter and ensure that the responsible individuals are blacklisted from participating in any future parliamentary activities as they have repeatedly shown disregard for Parliament.

Issued by the Whip of the ANC Study Group on Home Affairs, comrade Donald Gumede.


Nonceba Mhlauli

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