Zim govt unaware of SA deportations

HARARE - The Zimbabwean government which in the past engaged South Africa, professed ignorance on the supposed deportations of its citizens resident in the neighbouring country.

South Africa had given Zimbabweans in that country up to December 31, 2014 to apply for special permits but some Zimbabweans reportedly faced difficulties with renewing their permits as they failed to get through the call centre and online services.

The special permit legalising the Zimbabweans’ stay in South Africa was introduced in 2009 and Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi had been in constant engagement with his South African counterpart, Malusi Gigaba over the issue.

“I cannot comment on the deportations now because I have not yet received any official communication from the South African parent ministry,” Mohadi told the Daily News yesterday.

Almost a quarter of a million Zimbabweans applied when the process was first introduced and by December 31, the South Africa Home Affairs had received 207 802 applications.

Estimates are that there are between two and three million Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa.

The Department of Home Affairs announced on December 31, that the Zimbabwean Special Permit application had been closed.

“In line with the announcement made by minister Malusi Gigaba on  August 12, 2014, the closure of the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) application process also marks the expiry date of the old Dispensation for Zimbabwean Project.”

South Africa said it had put effort to make sure the eligible applicants got high levels of service delivery.

“Upon announcing the ZSP, we also brought on board Visa Facilitation Service (VFS) as a partner and established ten ZSP centers to facilitate this process as part of expanding our footprint in pursuance of heightened levels of service delivery.

“We wish to announce that as of Tuesday, 30 December 2014, 207 802 applications had been received while 198 840 appointments had been booked through VFS,” the office said in a statement.

Comments (17)

Haa murombo haarovi chinenguwo...mbeva netutsuro tweruvhunambwa tusina dehwe zvino tofugeyu. Vna vevamwe vanobata mhembwe, nhoro nemabimha zvine matehwe anokwana munhri yese...dahunha kutosiirana vedzinza neveukama...shame! Cry my beloved Zimbos

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 5 January 2015

'Zim govt unaware of SA deportations' Thats not so true a statement, Zim is aware and have stationed many ZRP's plus ordered a large amount of 'Admission of Guilty' reciept books to collect the R200.00 fines at the border post.

forbesk - 5 January 2015

These people are suffering because of some selfish, mendacious politicians like Mugabe and his gangsters who promised people heaven on earth but just succeeded in reducing the second most prosperous economy in Africa to a failed fascist state. The excellent Ian Smith had made this country Africa's jewel but this has been destroyed by charlatan Mugabe. Believe it not this country was the second most prosperous in Africa. There were jobs galore. No electricity power cuts, no water shortages, clean cities, efficient and safe transport system destroyed by Mugabe and we now have the abominable kombis. Workers going unpaid for a week was unheard of in Rhodesia, let alone for a month or year. There were black multi-millionaires in Rhodesia which goes to show that life was stable and decent for all. Before Mugabe was voted into power in 1980 Mugabe had no so much as run a small tuckshop in his life. How can such a person be entrusted to run a bigger tuckshop in the shape of the nation-state? Mugabe and his gang have conned the gullible people now they are suffering under Mugabe's yoke. Those who voted Zanu into power in 1980 are not to blame because they had never experienced life under a government of a fellow black person, now the know better. When Zanu was voted into power in 1980, Zanu had no clue how government operated. Those in Zanu thought whites had mounds of money hidden somewhere from blacks - there was no such mounds of money and Zanu has still to find the “hidden mounds of money”. This is what I call a nightmare without an end. The country is being run by a mad man.

Musona - 5 January 2015

Where they ever aware that Zimbabweans were leaving the country in the first place, or the reason for their doing so? Nxaaa

Phaphamani - 5 January 2015

same old matra, smith this smith that. he is gone vakuru. no more smith in zim. look forward if you are a zimbabwean which i doubt. if not you may consider following some of his peers who left for england or the great britain as it is popularly known. why not think and propose positive contributions. this man is painflully negative about all that our country is and what it can be in the future. too fixed on the failures of zanu such that he can not see beyond the current ills. very sorry state. sorry sori kwazvo maningi amuna wee.

taurai - 5 January 2015

It is very painful that a quarter of the whole country's population has to go outside their own country of birth to seek greener pastures and be treated as second class citizens for the most part of their lives. It is also very shameful as this is happening in a country that has been reduced to a poor third world country and yet is endowed with so many rich minerals and fertile soils. The biggest lie told so far this year is the fact that the government is not aware of the deportations, of course they are. The truth is they do not have the slightest idea as to how they could keep convincing South Africa to keep taking care of our own burdens.

Dr Know - 5 January 2015

@taurai - smith is not your mother's bottom you stupid moron. I will write about Smith whether you like it or not. You will have to deal with it. Idiot.

Musona - 5 January 2015

These people are suffering because of some selfish, mendacious politicians like Mugabe and his gangsters who promised people heaven on earth but just succeeded in reducing the second most prosperous economy in Africa to a failed fascist state. The excellent Ian Smith had made this country Africa's jewel but this has been destroyed by charlatan Mugabe. Believe it not this country was the second most prosperous in Africa. There were jobs galore. No electricity power cuts, no water shortages, clean cities, efficient and safe transport system destroyed by Mugabe and we now have the abominable kombis. Workers going unpaid for a week was unheard of in Rhodesia, let alone for a month or year. There were black multi-millionaires in Rhodesia which goes to show that life was stable and decent for all. Before Mugabe was voted into power in 1980 Mugabe had no so much as run a small tuckshop in his life. How can such a person be entrusted to run a bigger tuckshop in the shape of the nation-state? Mugabe and his gang have conned the gullible people now they are suffering under Mugabe's yoke. Those who voted Zanu into power in 1980 are not to blame because they had never experienced life under a government of a fellow black person, now the know better. When Zanu was voted into power in 1980, Zanu had no clue how government operated. Those in Zanu thought whites had mounds of money hidden somewhere from blacks - there was no such mounds of money and Zanu has still to find the “hidden mounds of money”. This is what I call a nightmare without an end. The country is being run by a mad man.

Musona - 5 January 2015

These people are suffering because of some selfish, mendacious politicians like Mugabe and his gangsters who promised people heaven on earth but just succeeded in reducing the second most prosperous economy in Africa to a failed fascist state. The excellent Ian Smith had made this country Africa's jewel but this has been destroyed by charlatan Mugabe. Believe it not this country was the second most prosperous in Africa. There were jobs galore. No electricity power cuts, no water shortages, clean cities, efficient and safe transport system destroyed by Mugabe and we now have the abominable kombis. Workers going unpaid for a week was unheard of in Rhodesia, let alone for a month or year. There were black multi-millionaires in Rhodesia which goes to show that life was stable and decent for all. Before Mugabe was voted into power in 1980 Mugabe had no so much as run a small tuckshop in his life. How can such a person be entrusted to run a bigger tuckshop in the shape of the nation-state? Mugabe and his gang have conned the gullible people now they are suffering under Mugabe's yoke. Those who voted Zanu into power in 1980 are not to blame because they had never experienced life under a government of a fellow black person, now the know better. When Zanu was voted into power in 1980, Zanu had no clue how government operated. Those in Zanu thought whites had mounds of money hidden somewhere from blacks - there was no such mounds of money and Zanu has still to find the “hidden mounds of money”. This is what I call a nightmare without an end. The country is being run by a mad man.

Musona - 5 January 2015

we are suffering for sure that has become a common phenomena in our land. however, we are full of hope that things will change for us. we will not remain fixed on smith or the current situation - no. there is a tomorrow to plan for. that can not be done by a despondent person. one who endlessly cries over spilt milk. you have to start thinking about building a new zimbabwe not just focusing on the failures of others. judging by your tears dad, you may also fail, perhaps much more than the ones you often critique negatively.

taurai - 5 January 2015

ZANU PF has never been aware of anything!

murevi - 5 January 2015

What can you expect from a Country Whose Leader took Office With Red blood On his Hands. The Only blood He Has Never Known Is The Blood Of JESUS.

springboard - 5 January 2015

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