Getting in and out of the country is not as easy as it used to be for South Africans with dual citizenship. Two South Africans who live and work abroad recently became aware, to their chagrin, of their ignorance of new laws and the "incompetence" of customs officials administering them.

A Durban woman, Bridget Beach, had to pay more than R1 000 to bring a work laptop into the country and, in the process, missed a connecting flight to Durban.

Hamish James, from Johannesburg, came close to being arrested, and was threatened with a R10 000 fine while trying to leave the country using a British passport after a short visit to attend a friend’s wedding.

Both South Africans are outraged by the way they were treated by South African passport control and customs officials respectively.