Though some Australian officials might want to give South Africans an easy ride to immigration, you should not expect the same special treatment if your desired destination is the UK. In a judgment delivered this week, the civil division of the England & Wales court of appeal found against a Cape Town woman who had sought entry to the UK on the basis that her accountant daughter, formerly a South African, was a British citizen who would sponsor her. To support her application for entry, the older woman said she had a degenerative back disease, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. She wrote that she was "incapable of performing everyday tasks" and that her condition had been deteriorating since about 2009. She needed help with basic tasks such as cooking, shopping and washing herself. In addition, her doctor wrote that her pain was persistent and affected her daily life "significantly". As a result, she suffered from anxiety and mild depression, which in turn made her physical condition ...

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