Home Affairs

National Department Budget for 2018-19

Vote purpose

Efficiently determine and safeguard the identity and status of citizens. Regulate immigration to ensure security, promote development and fulfil South Africa’s international obligations.


The mandate of the Department of Home Affairs is derived from the Constitution, and various acts of Parliament and policy documents. The department’s services are divided into two broad categories: civic services and immigration services. The primary mandate of the department is to secure and manage identity and international migration through the delivery of enabling services to all citizens, foreign nationals, government and the private sector.

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