Scores of Zimbabweans apply for legal status

2010-12-29 10:48

Zimbabweans have come out in large numbers to apply for documentation to make their stay in South Africa legal, the Department of Home Affairs said today.

“When the deadline looms more and more people come out,” departmental spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

“We welcome the large number of people who have come out.”

Mamoepa said the process was running as planned and final figures of how many had applied to legalise their stay in the country would be available on Friday.

Illegal Zimbabweans were given until this Friday to apply for documents to legalise their stay in their country.

Home affairs offices across the country have been open between 8am and 5pm in the days leading up to the deadline.

In April last year Pretoria announced a moratorium on the deportation of Zimbabweans and granted them a special dispensation for a year to get documents from Zimbabwean officials based in South Africa.

The dispensation was to allow them to normalise their stay in South Africa.

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