Zim documentation almost done

2012-01-19 20:54

Pretoria - The process of documenting more than 250 000 Zimbabweans living in South Africa has almost been completed, a senior home affairs official said on Thursday.

Director General Mkuseli Apleni said 255 282 Zimbabweans had been granted permits to make their stay legal. Another 20 480 applications had to be finalised.

He hoped that the process would be completed by the end of March.

In April 2010, Pretoria announced a moratorium on the deportation of Zimbabweans.

They were granted a special dispensation to get documents and make their stay in South Africa legal.

Zimbabweans had until December 2010 to apply.

A total of 275 762 applications for permits were received, according to South Africa's home affairs department.

Second phase claims rejected

Apleni rejected claims reportedly made last month by Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Co-Minister Kembo Mohadi that a second phase to document Zimbabweans was in the pipeline.

"We have said it is closed forever. If there are those who did not take up that offer, they are now here illegally."

Zimbabwe's independent Newsday newspaper quoted Mohadi as saying Zimbabwean officials would be meeting their South African counterparts in the new year to begin "the second phase".

"Last year, we engaged the South African government on regularising our people, but many were initially suspicious. They thought that we wanted to arrest them," he was quoted as saying.

"But they are now coming up in large numbers and we hope we will be able to have them regularised."

Apleni said there were plans afoot for the regularisation of other nationals from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, but this did not involve Zimbabwe.

"After Zimbabwe the [Home Affairs] Minister [Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma] will look at what the next country will be in this process. It will be a SADC country."

Apleni could not say which country Dlamini-Zuma was considering next.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-19 21:11

    do you know how many ppl are in South Africa? I think not.

      Boer - 2012-01-19 22:54

      Ja and where in the world are they going to get work. Wouldnt it be smarter to give local people work first. Dum ANC. I see more crime coming.

      Youefoh - 2012-01-20 07:59

      Understatement! 250 000? more like 250 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 kthnxbye

      Ian - 2012-01-20 09:12

      Yeah right, and there are 1 435 780 grains of sand on Durban beach......

      Barry - 2012-01-20 21:39

      forward with the chicken...forward.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-19 21:11

    What about the other 2 000 000+ living here?

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-19 21:29

    1. Why are they allowed to stay? 2. What about locals who don't have jobs? 3. If Zim and Bob are such good mates of SA tell them to go back to the land of milk and honey.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-19 21:33

    Let's take a bet which country is going to be next............Nigeria?

      munyaradzi.ncube - 2012-01-20 22:25

      Unfortunately Nigeria is not a SADC country, i thought thats taught at Primary shcool?

  • Zik - 2012-01-19 21:33

    morons, what do u know about immigration

  • Ruan - 2012-01-19 21:38

    As a "newly-qualified" citizen in my adopted country it's encouraging to see that our Government is doing everything possible to assist these Zimbabweans- (to become "un-documented" or "living in limbo" is definitely not in anyone's interest. )

  • Piet - 2012-01-19 21:41

    You missed a Zero at the end idiots!

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-19 21:57

    A colleague of mine, from Zimbabwe, has been waiting nearly 2 years for his permanent residency papers. He has an international accounting qualification and is very diligent at his job while the unskilled border hoppers come here and live on our tax money, and get their permits processed first. In the meantime he can't buy a house or car without his papers.

      Zik - 2012-01-19 22:08

      your friend is an idiot for not standing in the queue. he thought he was special.There must be a diffrence between work permit and permanent residence permit. birds of the same feather.......

      reason.nleya1 - 2012-01-19 22:45

      we also pay tax tell your friend to stop sitting on his balls and stand in queue

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-19 22:21

    We are likely to see a serious version of xenophobia. Two Zimbabweans grabbed a laptop from a student after pretending to ask for water in a residence outside the University of Venda. In Limpopo we are tired and sick of these foreigners who come into the country without meaningful reasons. Are they registered to be citizens? No! They will kill us in turn.

      reason.nleya1 - 2012-01-19 22:42

      You mean it's a crime when a foreigner do it what about the locals?

  • Rudzani Muhanganei - 2012-01-19 22:22

    There are millions of Zimbabwe nationals living in SA, not just 200000. According to some estimates, 5 million

      Zik - 2012-01-20 00:56

      @ rudzani..... 2+2 is not 7 nomatter how much u like to exxagerate. How many people are left in zim if u got 5 MIL here.....

      Odicito - 2012-01-20 07:06

      Zik fail! Do you know how many people live in Zim now? Do you know how many there were before they started to come down? Do you even know how many people are in SA now? Too many fails

  • Alet - 2012-01-19 22:44

    lol. They couldn't even count all the South Africans- how do they know how many Zims. SA an Zim people working for me have not been counted! YET!

      oscar.manamela - 2012-01-26 14:41

      I think soshanguve alone has more than R250 000 Zimbabweans

  • Phil Bowes - 2012-01-20 03:27

    There are at least 3 million zim nationals in SA to be legalised. How can this number be right?

  • oscar.manamela - 2012-02-22 08:19

    275 762 are in Soshanguve , what about other regions??

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