Whatever SA’s concerns about “contamination” fuelled by what I can only regard as institutionalised xenophobia (which manifests almost exclusively as afrophobia), there are several demerits to such strict regulations for a country that relies significantly on foreign trade, foreign direct investment and tourism. Two are most glaring:
1. In the longterm, the laws will affect SA’s economy more than they will affect everyone else. Notwithstanding that these regulations won’t necessarily lead to reduced inflows of foreigners. In fact, the stricter regulation of legal migration has been known to increase “illegal” migration (I put illegal in quotes because I have a problem with such terminology).
2. Some have heralded the provisions related to the movement of children, BUT the reality is trafficking in SA is largely INTRA-country, not inter. Furthermore, people who traffic children are unlikely to use legitimate channels to “export” if sodoing will involve greater risk.
Time will tell.