“The department of home affairs has the responsibility to act in an endeavour to curb this evil,” she said in a speech in Johannesburg.
“For this reason, we have now put in place various requirements when people travel across our borders with a child.”
Chohan said people would have to get used to the provisions as they were “here to stay”.
The requirements were:
- When parents travelled with a child they had to produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of both parents;
- In the case of one parent travelling with a child, in addition to producing an unabridged birth certificate, a consenting affidavit from the other parent had to be produced.
- When a person travelled with a child who was not his/her biological child, they had to provide a copy of the child’s unabridged birth certificate, a consenting affidavit from the parents/legal guardian, copies of the identity documents/passports of the parents/legal guardian, and their contact details.
“These provisions form part of our international commitments to root out child-trafficking,” said Chohan.