According to the Foreign Minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, eight airlines have been fined more than R31 million over the past 2 years after illegal aliens were brought into the country during flights.
The Immigration Act of 2002 states that no one is allowed to enter the country without a passport. Undocumented immigrants may be arrested without a warrant. Despite the fact that eight airlines were ordered to raise R8.8 million in 2016-17, they did not pay and breached on a larger scale, with fines amounting to R22.6 million in the following financial year.
Emirates faces fines of R2.67 million and R6.96 million, respectively, and tops the list of offenders, with the South African Airways (SAA) second, with fines of R2.16 million and R4.44 million. The other culprits are Ethiopian Airlines (R1.7 million and R4.1 million), Kenya Airways (R390 000 and R2.34 million), British Airways (R975 000 and R1.35 million), Qatar Airways (R435 000 and R1, 34 million), Rwandair (R225 000 and R1.26 million) and Etihad (R285 000 and R825 000).