Streaming issues? Report here
magic-bus-on-capetalkpng magic-bus-on-capetalkpng
The Magic Bus on CapeTalk Classics
21:00 - 23:59
volume_up
volume_mute

The Magic Bus on CapeTalk Classics
21:00 - 23:59
Home
arrow_forward

Why the AU's visa-free African Passport won't work

8 July 2016 7:52 AM

The passport will grant visa-free access to the 54 AU member states such as SA, Egypt, Angola, Kenya, Mauritius and Nigeria.

The African Union has announced plans to launch an electronic African Passport in July, giving holders visa-free access to all 54 AU member states.

This is in a bid to boost free movement on the continent, intra-African trade and development.

The AU says it plans to distribute the passports to all African citizens by 2018, but immigration lawyer Craig Smith does not see this happening practically.

According to Smith, the global trend is for countries to increase border security and tighten immigration laws.

He says the AU member states would have to revise their immigration legislation and face potential security threats like terrorism.

The general policy move among most countries is that national sovereignty trumps individual rights such as freedom of movement.

Craig Smith, immigration lawyer

He says the passport will most likely benefit African leaders and the business elite, not the average "man in the street."

It's a commendable vision to have... the question is, are we at a point of readiness to accommodate this?

Craig Smith, immigration lawyer

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


This article first appeared on 702 : Why the AU's visa-free African Passport won't work


8 July 2016 7:52 AM

More from Today's Big Stories

Missing Image Placeholder

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

13 December 2016 4:15 PM

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Missing Image Placeholder

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

13 December 2016 2:21 PM

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Missing Image Placeholder

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

12 December 2016 6:07 PM

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Missing Image Placeholder

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

12 December 2016 4:37 PM

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Missing Image Placeholder

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

12 December 2016 2:01 PM

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Missing Image Placeholder

Why family traditions matter

12 December 2016 12:45 PM

Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Missing Image Placeholder

Baskin-Robbins comes bearing treats for Cape's sweet tooths

9 December 2016 4:50 PM

Speciality ice cream brand Baskin-Robbins is filling bellies and the demand for artisanal ice cream in Mzantsi. We get the scoop.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Missing Image Placeholder

Radebe reassures and congratulates SA over dodging junk status

9 December 2016 3:45 PM

Minister Jeff Radebe says that Cabinet has noted all the concerns raised by international rating agencies.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Missing Image Placeholder

Govt needs to rethink '16 Days' campaign, says professor

9 December 2016 2:35 PM

All the money spent on the two-week-long campaign could be put to better use, into on-going programmes and social interventions.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Missing Image Placeholder

Blocked intersections a serious problem, says City

8 December 2016 4:10 PM

A stretch of road that should take drivers 3 minutes can turn into a half hour crawl because of motorists who block intersections.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward