Foreigners continue to arrive in huge numbers as the World Cup
enters a crucial phase, South Africa’s home affairs minister said
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, dressed in the national team’s yellow
soccer jersey, told a news conference that the total of foreign
visitors this month had passed 682,000 – up from more than 456,000
as of June 13.
“This is quite a sizable increase from last year’s figures,”
Dlamini-Zuma said. “We are happy with the way things are
Many of the visitors are from neighboring countries in southern
Africa and aren’t necessarily heading to World Cup matches. But the
minister said the arrivals also include large numbers of Britons,
Americans, Germans, Brazilians and others with a team still in
She said 15 troublesome Argentine fans were expected to be
deported by Wednesday. They’d been taken into custody by officers
who raided their lodgings at a Christian college in Pretoria.
Through use of a system called Advance Passenger Processing, the
Home Affairs Department has registered 34 travelers in June who
were denied permission to depart for South Africa by air or land
due to their travel documents not meeting immigration
An additional 95 people were blocked from South Africa-bound
flights through coordination with airlines, the minister said.
During the same period, the department has recorded 12,157
alerts at various ports of entry, where individuals were found to
have improper or insufficient travel documents.
Dlamini-Zuma also said her department has established a special
unit to track people who overstay their visas after the World Cup,
“making sure that people leave at the time they said that they
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