President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said his administration was reviving the nation’s economy to the extent that there will be no need for Zimbabweans to go to Egoli, South Africa in search of employment.
He made the remarks during the National Youth Day commemorations held yesterday at the Lupane State University under the theme Drug and substance abuse a threat to vision 2030; every community’s responsibility. NewsDay quotes him as saying:
There will be no need for our people to go to Egoli in search of employment, come home, the country is growing.
South Africa is the main destination for many Zimbabweans and other African nationals seeking a better life.
Mnangagwa’s remarks came as South Africa has announced that it would not further extend the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (Zeps) for Zimbabweans in that country beyond June 30, 2023.
The ZEPs were first introduced in 2010 under the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project as a temporary response by the South African government to the large numbers of Zimbabweans flocking to the country since 2008.
The permits were initially due to expire on December 31, 2022, but were later extended to the end of June this year.
As early as October, the Zimbabwean government announced that it was prepared to receive its nationals returning from South Africa by offering them transport and other logistics.
Turning to the issue of drugs, Mnangagwa revealed that the government was reviewing laws on drug abuse as he expressed concern over widespread illegal substance abuse in the country.
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