Mass Deportation Of Zimbabweans Based In South Africa Expected As Permits Expire
Government has said it was anticipating the mass deportation of Zimbabweans who are based in South Africa following the expiry of their permits.
Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said those deported would be allowed to import only one vehicle duty free.
“Cabinet would like to inform the public that mass deportations of undocumented Zimbabweans were expected from South Africa following the expiry of Zimbabwe Exemptions Permits (ZEP) which South Africa had granted them.
“However, most ZEP holders do not qualify for the outlined critical skills visas hence the low uptake. The Zimbabwean government has issued guidelines and regulations for returning residents which include one duty free vehicle and no limit to personal property.
“Government has also engaged the South African government, emphasizing that Zimbabwe is ready to receive its returning nationals, who should comply with the relevant South African laws.
“Cabinet agreed to establish an Inter-Ministerial Committee to prepare for the returning residents.
“The committee will be supported by subcommittees which will include the following functional areas Transport and logistics, Security, Documentation, Re-integration support, Resource mobilisation, Information and publicity as well as Health and education. “
Zimbabwean ZEP holders in the neighbouring country were given up to December to regularise their stay or face deportation.
They were further given another six-month extension.