Concession on Zim document applications

2010-10-28 13:06

Zimbabweans living in South Africa can now apply for birth certificates and identity document cards in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said today.

The MDC, led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said the concession was announced by Zimbabwe’s consul-general Chris Mapanga during a meeting with the party leaders in Johannesburg this week.

Mapanga could not be reached for confirmation of the above.

The MDC reported that Mapanga had also said people in Zimbabwe could apply there for replacements of lost birth certificates of relatives in South Africa, adding that the concessions came after its delegation expressed concern over the cost of travelling to Zimbabwe to collect documents needed to apply for a South African work permit.

It said plans were also afoot to issue temporary travel documents to those travelling to Zimbabwe to sort out their papers, so as to avoid problems at the borders.

The party said Mapanga had urged Zimbabweans staying in South Africa to contact the consulate whenever their rights were being violated.

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