Zimbabwe Govt Alarmed By Non-renewal Of SA Permits

The Zimbabwe government is now in panic mode after South Africa announced plans to suspend the temporary work permits of Zimbabweans who fled their country due to socio-economic factors, reported The NewsHawks.

Nearly three million Zimbabweans fled the country to South Africa seeking better economic prospects as well as political asylum.


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Most of them have no proper documentation, according to organisations such as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Naledi Pandor, last month met President Emmerson Mnangagwa and her Zimbabwean counterpart Frederick Shava at State House where Zimbabwe pleaded with its southern neighbour to delay the deportation of locals whose documentation is invalid.

The NewsHawks reported a source as saying Shava felt that the move to suspend the temporary permits would affect the governing party’s 2023 election campaign. Another source said:

The government is not sure what Pretoria has up its sleeves, more so in the context of recent diplomatic engagements between the two countries.

The old permits, known as the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), replaced the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP).

The initial Special Dispensation for Zimbabweans was approved in April 2009 to document Zimbabwean nationals who were in South Africa illegally.

READ MORE: Thousands Of Zimbabweans In SA Face Uncertain Future

The ZSP allowed applications from Zimbabweans with a valid passport, evidence of employment, business or accredited study and a clear criminal record.

Successful applicants were granted permits to stay and work, study or run a business in South Africa.

The ZEP permits were to be issued for a maximum period of four years, beginning on 1 January 2018 and expiring on 31 December 2021.

More: The NewsHawks

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7 comments on “Zimbabwe Govt Alarmed By Non-renewal Of SA Permits

  1. What is unfair is for the SA to remain silent upto this day if they know they are not going to renew the permits

  2. If Zuma or miss Zuma was the president were where gonna be having permit s or I’d cause they know where come from as Africans l think the minister simple doesn’t know history cause he doesn’t know how important it is to respect fellow Africans Ramaposa surely will do the good thing for people

  3. It is unearthical in this level of civilisation for a Govt to use political arm to commit an earthnic cleansing sin at the altar of a mean Law.
    Not even a half inferensed mind can reach such an uncommon.
    Does someone in SA Govt need sanitary in brains.

  4. It is unearthical in this level of civilisation for a Govt to use political arm to commit an earthnic cleansing sin at the altar of a mean Law.
    Not even a half inferensed mind can reach such an uncommon.
    Does someone in SA Govt need sanitary in brains.

  5. It is unearthical in this level of civilisation for a Govt to use political arm to commit an earthnic cleansing sin at the altar of a mean Law.
    Not even a half inferensed mind can reach such an uncommon.
    Does someone in SA Govt need sanitary in brains.

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