Botswana set to kick out Zim refugees – report

2014-07-10 09:29

Cape Town – The Botswana government is reportedly set to repatriate Zimbabweans who sought refuge in the neighbouring country at the height of Zimbabwe's political crisis in 2008.

According to the News Day, Botswana's Defence, Justice and Security minister Ramadeluka Seretse said the situation in Zimbabwe was now stable and safe for asylum seekers to return home.

It is not clear how many Zimbabweans sought refugee status in that country, the report said.

The report comes as anxiety mounts among more than 200 000 Zimbabweans living in South Africa amid new visa regulations announced by the government recently.

Harsh economic crisis

At least 250 000 Zimbabweans were granted special permits in 2010 under President Jacob Zuma's administration. Most of these permits are set to expire late this year.

New reported last month that the Zimbabwean government was keen to meet the South African authorities to discuss the possible renewal of the permits.

According to the new laws, Zimbabweans will have to return home to apply for extensions if they want to continue living in the country, a move that could see many losing their jobs.

Zimbabwe continues to reel under a harsh economic crisis with unemployment said to be as high as 80%.

Millions of Zimbabweans remain scattered all over the world, with many of them reluctant to go back home after President Robert Mugabe won the July 2013 elections.  

  • BLUESILVER2012 - 2014-07-10 09:38

    South Africa should do the same and any crimes committed by foreigners in SA, send them BACK to their respective countries because why must we pay for their time in jail through our taxes...screw them, deport and BAN them for LIFE!!

      Ntlanganiso Qwabe - 2014-07-10 09:48

      And we must also deport you to Europe.

      ryno.senekal.58 - 2014-07-10 09:59

      Ya and here comes the racialism Well done!!! This our country I'm born her without land try deport me! Lol idiot

      Bradley Liebenberg - 2014-07-10 10:14

      Hey Qwabe -- Deport yourself to the Congo

      William Wallace - 2014-07-10 10:27

      Haha, good one Qwabe, because that worked so well for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe - the epitome of The African State where "Europeans" aren't welcome. Unfortunately, the native black Zimbabweans do not want to live there either. Irony abounds!

      Tersia Louw - 2014-07-10 10:33

      William, I suspect that irony is not a concept with which Qwabe is familiar.

      Craig Thom - 2014-07-10 10:55

      The only "Irony"that Qwabe knows is the one used for the clothes!

      Themba Mzukulwane Ka-Ndlavele Thela - 2014-07-10 12:31

      Qwabe,..common sense man,common sense.., do you deport a South african to a foreign country.... Come on man

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-07-10 13:19

      Agreed. But by the same token SA must stop importing criminals i.e. Dewani. He is costing us a frikking fortune.

  • Gareth Morgan - 2014-07-10 09:40

    Send them home , zimbabwe's issues need not be ours any more .

  • Abram Mothothi Mamabolo - 2014-07-10 09:55

    Zimbabwean must go back, Send them back so they can stand up for their rights in their own country.(the Zimbabweans) must stop free-loading off their neighbours. Let them fight for a 'free' Zim!They do crime ere in SA. Most of them committed crime in Zim they are hiding here in SA

      Serope Sa Monang - 2014-07-10 14:52

      A criminal is the guy that robbed you.

  • arthur.motsamai - 2014-07-10 09:57

    They are not here 4 assylum they here for good life,at some point they have to fix their country!!!

      Stanford Mbizo - 2014-07-14 11:37

      Not necessarily good though. Maybe only comparatively better.

  • Maree Van Staden - 2014-07-10 10:02

    Anybody have a job for me in Botswana...?

  • RDynasty LaFamilia - 2014-07-10 10:03

    Kicked out from Botswana nd stil many wil be reluctant to go home....guess wat they wil come here....

  • ryno.senekal.58 - 2014-07-10 10:03

    Feel sorry for some zimz but at the end of the day South African people must look after sa people and Botswana people must do the same! Same goes for zim! Sorry chaps there's some good zimz out there!

  • rowan.louw.5 - 2014-07-10 10:07

    Botswana is an African country that other African countries can learn from. Do what you need to do Botswana.

  • Themba Mzukulwane Ka-Ndlavele Thela - 2014-07-10 10:18

    Must be the Zimbabweans,and South Africans who their role model is Robert Mugabe who puts all this thumbs down on all this post...thumbs up or thumbs down...the fact remains some peeps must return home!

  • Simba Masikiri - 2014-07-10 10:20

    Not a good move at the moment

  • Red Vdm - 2014-07-10 10:20

    Now is the time for South Africa to follow so that we can create jobs for our own people.

      William Wallace - 2014-07-10 11:13

      I agree! But I don't expect much from our spineless "President"! ...He's to busy "resting" after a "hectic" election campaign. It's a 24/7 job doing nothing!

  • Red Vdm - 2014-07-10 10:21

    Now is the time for South Africa to follow so that we can create jobs for our own people.

  • Holly Petrie Lourens - 2014-07-10 10:24

    Only one thing to say, "Charity begins at home". Each country must sort out their own problems and own people, before worrying about others!

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-07-10 16:07

      When we get this right in SA............. When being the operative word.

  • RDynasty LaFamilia - 2014-07-10 10:24

    Yes SA must learn....not all this foreigners contribute to development nd economy growth....look at Nigerians wat good do they bring in Sa?

  • Joe Black - 2014-07-10 10:24

    I've read estimates saying there's actually about 3mil Zim refugees legal and illegally in SA. I wonder if that was wrong?

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-07-10 16:03

      Who is counting, we will soon lose count. But a fair number I would guess:)

  • Modisane Edwin Motaung - 2014-07-10 10:31

    Mugabe must take care of Zimbabwens,is not resposibility of neighbouring states.Charity begins at home.

      Peter William - 2014-07-10 11:00

      They were good enough to vote, so in other words your deed is done, now bugger off

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-07-10 16:02

      Well said Modisane. However, we should share same comment with our very own President Zuma. As things stand he does not care for too many people.

  • Justice Mogajane - 2014-07-10 10:34

    South Africa is a SAINT country . Mandela was a SAINT . We tried to please everyone, e.g the outside governments , the UN , UK . Now MANDELA IS loved in US , UK , in UN . With NEW VISA laws , I say SALUTE .

      TBang Bang - 2014-07-10 11:17

      Is UN a government ??

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-07-10 16:00

      Well that says it all.

  • Mike Reginald - 2014-07-10 10:37

    aaaarghh hw many zim are in Bost??...S.A shld b the one sayng that

  • Thoko Mtetwa - 2014-07-10 10:42

    sorry for those who were there in that country for good reasons and providing skills but as far as I know most of them are involved in crime and killing of people , poaching of Rhinos together with mozambiquians here in South Africa, They must go back to Zimbabwe and vote out Mogabe and fix their country's problem, no one will fix their own problems, Mogabe go into power again and again because they do not go andvote

  • Roddy Jardim - 2014-07-10 10:43

    Oh crap. Now those refugees will come through our porous borders.

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-07-10 15:59

      That'd be right. More poor, unemployed, hungry people to look after.

  • Peter William - 2014-07-10 10:44

    I feel sorry for these people, what will they be sent back to. No food, no work, no water, no housing. Sweet nothing only a mad man who has brought the country to it's knees. Poor blighters.

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-07-10 15:58

      I hear you Peter, but why run instead of fight - eventually something would have to give. We need to spare a thought for the white farmers that have been told to basically bugger off out of Zim.

  • Mike Bower - 2014-07-10 11:01

    It is good to see a country that has the best interests of its OWN people in mind .

  • Khuliso Mutsha - 2014-07-10 11:05

    Zimbabweans must goback home and fight for change,things are fine there now, no more violence.

  • Lovemore Terrence Ncube - 2014-07-10 11:06

    All of you not educated

      Ndanduleni Elias - 2014-07-10 11:16

      Honourable Ncube you are very educated i think is about time you go and use your education at home dear brother

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-07-10 15:54

      Not as educated as yourself, my learned friend.

      Trinity Makopa - 2014-07-16 15:11

      true that brother SA pple tswana's u are not educated as we is what it is!going back we not.

  • Lovemore Terrence Ncube - 2014-07-10 11:08

    You don't think brother how south African people are out of South Africa

  • Sesame Macala - 2014-07-10 11:08

    I like them BUT I get scared when they eat human heart n0 they must go

  • Johan Steyn - 2014-07-10 11:09

    That is what happens when you give power to black people to run a country you sit with 80% unemployment this is SA not to far from now.

      Adam Botshelo - 2014-07-10 11:14

      Mr Steyn, are you saying that all african countries should be run by whites?

      Prince Iv Machaka - 2014-07-10 11:35

      In think johan is right African leaders are greedy,Nothing is racial about his statement but fact

      Sizwe Sly - 2014-07-10 11:45

      Johan ur grandparents didn't do a better job. Blame us,but you are worse

      Adam Botshelo - 2014-07-10 11:53

      I'm sorry mr Wallace, but with colonialism and apartheid still fresh on our minds I don't see any african agreeing to go that route again, we know how evil a whiteman can be.

      Karabo Siko - 2014-07-10 12:00

      Honestly,I c no reason for them to leave but they must have correct papers because over 10000 people don't have correct papers,crime is high...unemployment is also high,

      William Wallace - 2014-07-10 12:09

      No problem Adam, have it your way, it was merely a suggestion. But be sure to turn a blind eye to the suffering and hardship of your brothers and sisters in the rest of Africa in present-day and whatever you do, don't ask yourself if blacks in SA has ever suffered as much under white rule, as your Central-, West- and East African brothers and sisters suffer each day under black rule! Less lives were lost in SA during the whole Apartheid era then during the three months in 1994 of the Rwandan genocide! Just think about that for a moment! Not that I'm white (entirely), a portion of my family also endured hardship for decades, but I, being an intellectual human being, can think for myself. Which is the lesser of two evils? Hundreds killed during 4 decades of white rule or 1 million killed in three months in Rwanda under black rule? You decide!

  • Chol Mabeo - 2014-07-10 11:11

    Well, the political atmosphere in ZIM is back to normal and ZIM diaspora should start thinking hard and seriously about going back home and helping rebuild their economy.

  • Lovemore Terrence Ncube - 2014-07-10 11:13

    U such a racist Johan steyn

  • Unathi Duna - 2014-07-10 11:14

    Wats with thumbs the down on all comments dont U Zims want to go back home? or does news 24 have an automated thumbs down.

  • Allen Gumbi - 2014-07-10 11:16

    Hopefully all those screaming their lungs out about new south African visa rules, would now realise it's quite the norm and very much constitutional to deport non citizens without papers...

  • Phelamanga - 2014-07-10 11:30

    There are many Zimbabweans who do contribute to the social fabric of South Africa, but there are just as many who use the excuse that they are here because of Zimbabwean politics. These people infiltrate our schools, some of them posing as teachers, but who have unverified certificates, or they infiltrate our churches posing as pastors, but commit horrifying deeds. It's such a pity that the genuine, hardworking Zimbabweans have to suffer because there are those amongst them who tarnish their name. They have allegiance to no country except their own greed and ability to play the victim while living off the goodwill of South Africans.

      Phelamanga - 2014-07-10 11:42

      Anyway, political change will only happen in Zimbabwe once its citizens are prepared to stand up for what they believe in and use democratic means to get the government they want, even if it means sacrificing their own lives. It's no good to be able to run away to another country and depend on the goodwill of the host country if one is not prepared to stand up against a government that has forced one to flee. Zimbabweans in South Africa have the luxuries of making money to send home and do not participate in their country's democratic processes simply because they do not want to take on the responsibility of changing their government.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2014-07-10 11:35

    And they use dollars

  • Lovemore Terrence Ncube - 2014-07-10 11:36

    Thats true Africa is belong to us

      Ndanduleni Elias - 2014-07-10 12:18

      You Bloody Liar, Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans that's what your politbro says

  • Ommar Oriel Jnr - 2014-07-10 11:42

    let them #go!

  • Tebogo Sammy-url'nstein Nyatlo - 2014-07-10 11:43

    our economy is already strained nd the Zimbabwean government wants to renew those permits? our government must turn down the proposal so immigration levels can be controlled

  • EJ Moropane - 2014-07-10 11:46

    RSA must follow suit also, most of this things are criminals.

  • Lentshiwe Silas Modiba - 2014-07-10 11:59

    it is a pitty when zimbabweans cannot take it upon themselves to transform their country.i cannot imagine why a country should suffer because of one man.what is needed is a change in politics and only zimbabweans can do that.change will never take place whilst they are in south africa,botswana or any other country.i think they are running away as responsible patriots of thier own country.

  • Lentshiwe Silas Modiba - 2014-07-10 11:59

    it is a pitty when zimbabweans cannot take it upon themselves to transform their country.i cannot imagine why a country should suffer because of one man.what is needed is a change in politics and only zimbabweans can do that.change will never take place whilst they are in south africa,botswana or any other country.i think they are running away as responsible patriots of thier own country.

      Ennio Morricone - 2014-07-10 16:57

      Thus true very true, Shonas now cross with their blind parents into SA instead of marching towards Bob & Grace demanding justice to the raped country.

  • Lovemore Terrence Ncube - 2014-07-10 12:00

    Zimbabwe is a very beautiful country living educated people going back home is not a big problem we always go back where we belong so SA people they may not bother them self we are not here forever we are here to make money and go back home

      Cg Tours - 2014-07-11 14:09

      Then leave. You are not welcome any longer.

  • Lentshiwe Silas Modiba - 2014-07-10 12:02

    it is a pitty when zimbabweans cannot take it upon themselves to transform their country.i cannot imagine why a country should suffer because of one man.what is needed is a change in politics and only zimbabweans can do that.change will never take place whilst they are in south africa,botswana or any other country.i think they are running away as responsible patriots of thier own country.

      Thomas Gower - 2014-07-10 16:45

      Even when Mugabe was voted out he stayed in power, how can this happen. The man is a dictator, only interested in himself and his wifes shopping sprees, while his country struggles around him

  • Phakamani E Mntungwa - 2014-07-10 12:04

    Is it just me? But the thumbs down/up system looks as flawed as Zim's elections.

  • Lovemore Terrence Ncube - 2014-07-10 12:18

    @jabu as I am saying this I am on my way there with my cash in my pocket and in 2 weeks later I am coming back for more cash and that cash I will get it to u

      Mil Vanil - 2014-07-10 18:40

      Spend it wisely, by nxt year u will be roaming the streets of your beautiful Zim wth no work boet

  • Hendrick Viljoon - 2014-07-10 12:20

    SA should do the same we have so many illegal immigrants from Zimbabewe, Mozambique and Nigeria and our government is providing free houses to most of them.

  • Siwelana Mcbrian - 2014-07-10 12:25

    my fellw SA citizens.have u ever heard of exile?if answer is yes.then u wl understnd why this pple are here.i just hate killers,robers and hijekers.a sayn goes like one roten tomato affect the rest of tomatoes.but nt all zims are comitn crimes.

      Kkh Reason Page - 2015-04-30 19:21

      what does exile have to do with ppl who leave their country of for capital gain? leaving your country for economic reason is not "exile" itz capitalism,,,,,exile has nothing to do with this, if you know about exile should know that ppl from south africa didnt open shops bcoz the rules were very strict, so plz leave exile,out of this coz south africa is no exile

  • Elizabeth Venter - 2014-07-10 12:32

    So go to Zimbabwe to make your money if it's so beautiful... don't come make your money here...

  • Modisane Edwin Motaung - 2014-07-10 13:27

    Mugabe must use stolen votes and traslate them into economic prosperity and creat jobs and business for his people and Zimbabweans learn to demand and fight for their rights.

  • Terence Wessels - 2014-07-10 13:36

    Great job Bob!

  • Mike Nyoni - 2014-07-10 13:47

    Its tough guys. we share boarders meaning there is a cordially neighborhood relationship.The whole of SADC was once invaded by the ones we call citizens today. We can not ignore our contribution to freedom, we joined hands to have South Africa, zimbabwe, zambia, etc. Iregardless of borders, nationality,kingdoms,tribes.I can not name race as white was our Oppressor. Think about it before commenting.Some South Africans died for zim"s liberation like wise many black Zimbabweans died for South African independence. Leaders know better than most readers.

      Partson Thabelo - 2014-07-11 00:00

      But you guys are very harsh towards foreigners... You are hypocrites.

  • Syferman - 2014-07-10 13:56

    I see the EFF now has a dedicated team [Zimbabweans?] thumbing down comments without reading it...

      Kay-pee Pelo Kgomotso - 2014-07-17 19:52

      Good for Bots, sumhow we need a bit of air with the right foreing peeps. Yes including Zims coz we need each other anyway.