Parliamentary Question: Deportation of illegal immigrants



DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 26 February 2010


Ms A M Dreyer (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1) Whether any private chartered flights are used to deport illegal immigrants to their country of origin; if not, (a) why not and (b) what mode of transport is used for each country; if so, (i) how many companies submitted tenders, (ii) what was the cost related to each tender, (iii) which company has been contracted and (iv) what are the (aa) terms and (bb) duration of the contract;
whether chartered flights are the only mode of transport used to deport illegal immigrants; if not, (a) why not and (b) what other modes of transport are used for each country?



(1)(a) Not applicable.
(1)(b) Deportations to neighbouring countries (Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia) take place by road utilising buses and road vehicles. Commercial flights are utilised for the deportation of ten or less deportees to countries other than neighbouring countries, because in terms of the Regulations pertaining to the utilisation of commercial flights, more than ten deportees are not allowed on board a commercial flight for security reasons. Chartered flights are used for the deportation of more than ten deportees.
(1)(i) to (iv)(aa to bb) The Department does not have its own contract; it is only participating in the transversal contract RT61/2009 CP procured by National Treasury. Therefore, the Honourable Member is advised to direct a request for this information to the Minister of Finance.
(2) No.
(2)(a) The Honourable Member is referred to the reply in 1 (b)
(2)(b) The Honourable Member is referred to the reply in 1 (b).