22 February 2014
The Department of Home Affairs on
Friday welcomed the decision by Ugandan National Dr Paul Semogoma to abandon
his asylum application.
The Minister of Home Affairs Naledi
Pandor has granted Semogoma an exceptional skills work permit.
The department said Dr Semogoma
travelled from Zimbabwe to South
Africa without proper
Immigration officials at OR Tambo
International Airport refused him entry to the country because his visitor’s
visa had expired.
Departmental Spokesperson Ronnie
Mamoepa said the agreement of the parties is that Dr Semogama will withdraw all
pending applications against the department
Dr Semugoma withdraws all pending applications
against the department. Each party will pay their own costs. Dr Semugoma shall
forthwith be permitted entry into the Republic of South
The Department has never before
denied Dr. Semugoma the right to enter South
Africa subject to full
compliance with our country’s immigration laws as evidenced by the fact that he
was previously granted a multiple visitor’s visa entry.
The Department will continue to
ensure full compliance with provisions of the immigration Act 13 of 2002.
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