An open letter to Home Affairs

Please can you help us understand why the application for Temporary Residence Visa for my husband Christian van der Schuur was rejected once again, for the fourth time in 2 years.

This after all legal documents were submitted which indicated that he is legally married (now for 5 years), legally and biologically the father of a 4-year-old child and legally (was until 3 months ago when you deported him unjustifiably) an employee of IBM for 10 years with a tax number.

My child was forced to live without her father for two months – and now suffers from anxiety everytime her father is not in her sight. You have rejected many applications and many appeals, all for different reasons – none of which makes sense.

 After the ridiculous expense of a lawyer, you had asked him to come back to SA and apply again but then rejected his application right after.

What games are your trying to play? We have been told by many that if we pay amounts between R10 000 to R100 000 back door, we’d get our visa within a week. I have proof that a few people I know have received successful outcomes by bribing your home affairs officials.