200 Zimbabweans petition South African home affairs minister to be allowed to stay permanently

200 Zimbabweans are part of Global Migration SA managing director, Leon Isaacson’s special action to try to get a special exemption from Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize to stay in the country permanently after the expiry of Special Dispensation visas in December.

Said Isaacson:

This is a private and individual application initiative which will request specific terms including permanent residence‚ as people are tired of living transitory lives. These applicants are all economically active‚ often employing South Africans and law abiding members of South African society. After seven years on short term special permits‚ they have shown that they can contribute to the country.

However, Home Affairs Minister’s spokesperson Mpume Madlala said that the special dispensation visas are issued with clear conditions‚ like (1) they don’t lead to permanent residence and (2) no one can change conditions of stay while in South Africa. Isaacson’s application is not before the courts yet but he told Times Live that he could turn to the courts if unsuccessful.

More: Times Live

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