The Trump-regime will soon make Africans from 15 countries pay a bond of up to R230,000 to get a visa to enter the United States.
In a pilot programme, the government is targeting countries with high visa-overstay rates.
The only southern African country on the list is Angola. The target countries in Africa include: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, DRC, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe.
The bonds start at R76,000 ($5,000) and go up to R230,000 ($15,000) depending on the circumstances. The new rules initially last six months and apply to business and visitor visas. The money paid for the bonds is over and above the money paid for visas.
The government of Donald Trump has become notorious for clamping down on immigration.
The new rules kick in days before Trump is due to leave office. They are likely to be overturned by the incoming administration of Joe Biden.