Mohadi wants SA to keep 2 million Zim immigrants

HARARE - Government has made an impassioned plea to South African authorities to regularise the stay of over two million Zimbabweans illegally living in the neighbouring country by giving them special permits.

This follows a decision by the South African government on Tuesday to issue 250 000 permits to Zimbabweans in a bid to document illegal settlers who crossed the border as a result of the political and socio-economic situation in Zimbabwe since 2000.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Defence Forces Day celebrations on Harare on Tuesday, Kembo Mohadi, the Home Affairs minister, said while government was happy with the decision by South Africa, he would want to see those who had entered South Africa using undesignated entry points being regularised as well.

“We are obviously happy with the development but we would also want them to account for the other 2,7 million Zimbabweans who are there illegally,” Mohadi said. “We want to know where they are and it would be proper if they were also to have their documents regularised.”

Mohadi expressed concern at the manner in which the illegal immigrants were deported back to Zimbabwe by South African authorities, with some complaining that they were not given time to collect their belongings.

“Last week, I engaged my South African counterpart over the issue and we are working on the modalities to correct the situation. We will keep engaging to see how it can be done,” Mohadi said.

Malusi Gigaba, the South African Home Affairs minister, on Tuesday announced that the SA Cabinet had approved the renewal of 250 000 Zimbabwean permits.

Permits for Zimbabweans who are legally resident in South Africa were due to expire in December.

Prior to the decision, the majority of the immigrants were concerned that they would be required to come back home.

They had been issued with special permits in 2009 as part of South Africa’s efforts to help Zimbabwe resolve its socio-political and economic problems.

Unofficial figures put the number of Zimbabweans settled in South Africa — both legally and illegally — at over 3 million.

Comments (9)

Praise God Im really happy with what the SA govt has done to our brothers and sisters. This means 1 person in SA with look after 10 people backhome and life goes on. Life is short and as such short not be stressful

Doctor - 14 August 2014

Hats off to minister Kembo Mohadi.

chimuti - 14 August 2014

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repairs - 14 August 2014

Time for everyone to come back home. As long as you are there kuSA or Uk remember Zanu ichatonga kusvika madhongi avekutaura.. yu have the power to change the status quo but yu have to be here and not there

chemsoro - 14 August 2014

@chemsoro....ko madii machinja ka imi muriikoko...isu touya ne experience we are gaining here...you cant change things hanty?

lolo - 15 August 2014

@lolo experiance yechii ko imi muchisevenza kunana chisa nyama

chemsoro - 15 August 2014

@ chimusoro.kkkkkkkkkk...ndaseka hangu. you are right bro. munhu wese awomerwa nehupenyu anofunga kuti zvirinani kunotamburira ku joni

JONES - 15 August 2014

Jones ne chemsoro chekuoma musoro ichi hamuna zvamunoziva.Kune vafana vari kusevenza mabasa chaiwo kuno vachipiwa good shagi.Iwe uri kuwana mari ipapo?$200 which is just above 2000 rands .Just check mapango emota ane South African number plates during xmas holidays.If they can buy those cars nekusevenza pachisa nyama kana ini basa racho ndingarida.Iwe kana ex Jap ye US1000.00 hauna.

chimuti - 15 August 2014

Why would a whole minister representing a government that boasts of a recovering economy beg another country to keep the country's citizens in that foreign land instead of coming to work and promote growth in their own country? All 2 million of them! The hard fact is that there is nothing like an improvement in the economy, the economy continues to bleed due to our disastrous policies and corruption. There is no light at the end of the tunnel and we need those that are fortunate enough to have managed to escaped this hell-hole to keep supporting their families back home.

Dr Know - 15 August 2014

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