The mandate of the Department of Home Affairs is two-fold:
Firstly, the DHA is a custodian, protector and verifier of the identity and status of citizens and other persons resident in South Africa. This makes it possible for people to realise their rights and access benefits and opportunities in both the public and private domains. By expanding these services to marginalised communities, the department is a key enabler in deepening democracy and social justice.
Secondly, the DHA controls, regulates and facilitates immigration and the movement of persons through ports of entry. It also provides civics and immigration services at foreign missions; and determines the status of asylum seekers and refugees in accordance with international obligations. The department thus makes a significant contribution to ensuring national security, enabling economic development and promoting good international relations.
Secured South African citizenship and identity
Immigration managed effectively and securely in the national interest including economic, social and cultural development
A service that is efficient, accessible and corruption free.
A safe, secure South Africa where all of its people are proud of, and value their identity and citizenship.
The efficient determination and safeguarding of the identity and status of citizens, and the regulation of migration to ensure security, promoting development and fulfilling our international obligations.