Zimbabwe documentation going well

2010-10-26 18:07

Cape Town - The issuing of study, business or work permits to Zimbabweans in South Africa who qualify for these documents is proceeding well, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told MPs on Tuesday.

Speaking in the National Assembly, she said over 33 000 applications had been received.

"As of yesterday (Monday), we had received 33 117 applications, and we have already adjudicated 9 890.

"As you know, we also announced amnesty for those who would return South African documents that they had received fraudulently, if they follow the procedure and get their own documents, and we have already given amnesty to 1 046 who have returned the documents to us.

"So this process is going very well," she said.

In this regard, there were 42 home affairs offices and 246 staff that were dealing with Zimbabweans, with 51 additional staff set to start on Wednesday.

"We think this should be enough to deal with this. But we'd like... to call on Zimbabweans to use this opportunity and not to wait until December 31," she said.

Two months ago, government announced its special dispensation and moratorium on deportations would end on December 31 this year.

It also extended an amnesty to all Zimbabweans in possession of fraudulent South African IDs, saying that those who returned them to home affairs offices would not be prosecuted.

The department says work, study and business permits issued to all qualifying Zimbabwean nationals will be done so free of charge.