Zimbabwean teachers based in South Africa have gone for nine months without being paid with the neighbouring country’s education sector blaming its Home Affairs Department for delays in processing work permits.
The teachers are among the more than 169 000 Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP) beneficiaries which are still being processed. According to South African media reports quoting Western Cape Education Department (WCED) spokesperson Ms Bronagh Hammond, the local government blamed the ZEP processes for delays in paying the teachers their salaries.
Our problem, however, is that Home Affairs takes their time to verify these (ZEP) work permits. We follow up on numerous occasions.
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