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SA grants Zimbos with expired permits right to travel home

By Mashudu Netsianda

South Africa has granted Zimbabweans holding expired permits permission to travel home during the festive season as long as they have proof that they have applied for new permits that will come into effect on January 1.

Holders of Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZSP) got a reprieve after the South African government gave them the greenlight to continue using the expired ZSP permits until they have been issued with the new Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP).

The newly introduced ZEP permits allow Zimbabweans to continue studying or working in the neighbouring country for the next four years.

The ZEP is valid between January 1 next year and December 31 in 2021. It replaces the ZSP which accommodated close to 200 000 people and expires on December 31 this year.

In a statement, the South African deputy director-general (immigration services), Mr Jackie Mckay, said the Home Affairs department has since communicated with that country’s border authorities to exempt ZSP permit holders from being declared undesirable persons in terms of the Immigration Act when leaving or entering the neighbouring country.

Mr Mckay said the special waiver is only applicable to those who have receipts showing that they have applied for ZEP which will become effective in January, replacing the ZSP.

“The department has notified its officials at ports of entry to allow those who wish to travel to Zimbabwe to do so without hindrance as long as they produce the necessary proof of application, a VFS receipt or proof of payment,” he said.

“In terms of this directive, ZEP applicants will not be marked as undesirable. We will allow all ZEP applicants with a ZSP permit or a visitor’s visa to accompany a parent on the ZSP to travel in and out of South Africa provided they submit the required proof.”

The transitional arrangement follows an approval by the then South African Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize of the new four year permits which expire in 2021.

The submissions of fully completed applications at VFS offices started on October 1 in 2017 and were extended until January 31 in 2018.

The applications are made on www.vfsglobal.com/ZEP/SouthAfrica/com.

Meanwhile, the neighbouring country’s government has also ordered South African companies, learning institutions and banks to continue offering services to ZSP holders until they receive the new permits.

There has been uncertainty among Zimbabweans in the neighbouring country as they were fretting over bank threats to freeze their accounts this month-end when their permits expire. The Chronicle

  • Thank you South Africa

  • Dzokai ne zvigubhu zvenyu izvozvo,basa kurembedza mitimwi ine matuzvi

  • Even though it didnt grant permission myself Iwoud travel because lam not in prison

  • Why does this useless and corrupt ANC keep on giving them permits? What are they fleeing from in zim because they apparently have land and are in charge of their economy? The blacks in SA don’t have land,it’s unfair on them to be expected to share their meagre resources with land barons from zim who are simply to lazy to work the land.

    • Have compassion my friend

    • What compassion? Zimbos are richer than south Africans

    • we are here until donkeys get horns my dear …..

    • Pauline this ANC is losing power in case you didn’t notice, you will go with your ANC soon

    • Sipho hanitivi ku masvitwa matitwisisa shana? you are simple saying you are black and you are not. you saying yes if you exchange your land with a loaf of bread to the Europeans who call you “swart mense hat nie kop is te dom” Pfukani sesi ANC hambi varangeri vangari katle ka svokari. But it wont go lost it is the only key to protect its people but not ecconomy.

    • Sipho Khoza it’s high time you upgrade/empower yourself and be a better person in the society. You’re always complaining about Zimbabweans having land but my sisterly advice to you is avoid being everybody’s mouth piece and soon you will be proud of yourself. Good afternoon

    • You are saying Zims are richer than you? You are right my dear. But don’t only point your fingers to us, remember even thoz whites in SA are the richest as compared to me and you. Yet you are complaining abou only Zimbabweans. Let the whites and Indians leave SA first then we will also do the same.

    • You don’t know the history of the whites and Indians in SA? If you are richer than the blacks here then why are here overcrowding them? You are overcrowding them everywhere, hospitals, clinics, you even owe the department of health 200 million in unpaid medical bills.I will always complain about because you are lazy cowards who are running away from your country’s challenges to sponge of our meagre resources, you said the problem is Mugabe, he’s gone yet you are still here.

    • The history of Indians and whites is also the present thing you are complaining about. Immigration is always immigration it doesn’t matter who migrated or how far does a person migrated. The same push and pull matters that forced or caused whites and Indians to be in Mzansi are the same that caused us to be here also. Its only that you now hate blacks nomatter how helpfull was our country during the time when these whites were killing and enslaving your brothers and your sisters.

    • On unpaid bills do you have the evidence to show us that we are the only pple who don’t pay? You need to be well civilised dear

    • You are wrong, the factors that made whites and Indians are not the same as those of zimbos. Whites came here as colonisers particularly the English, they were sent by the British crown to colonise and enlarge the British empire and by doing that also help build the British economy through the exploitation of mineral wealth found,Indians on the other hand came here as indentured labourers brought by the British to work in the suger cane farms. So what about you zimbos? Are you colonisers or indentured labourers or just scavengers? You are correct, you are not the only who ones who owe the department of health but remember, this is a zim page,that’s why I’m raising the issue. Your drug dealing brothers in crime from a certian country in west Africa also owe a substantial amount

    • Hi Sipho, I thnk by then the donkeys will be having horns and we start from there dnt worry.

    • Sipho Khoza obviously your locals are lacking the qualifications hence are opening the jobs abroad. Don’t hate people who are qualified to do it.

    • What qualifications does one need to be a maid,waiter,security guard?

    • Take it easy bro, South Africans are lazy and cannot run that country, if all foreigners go back to their countries, economy, industry, agriculture, transport, everything wil fall down, no South African truck drivers wants to drive to DRC or such long distance only needs something cheap like wild birds, so take it easy and rethink

    • Why don’t you all leave then so that SA can collapse? What are you waiting for? Let SA collapse


    • #we will come back kana munhu wese ariikoko aakuenda kubasa,kana dual road yjumasvingo yapera chekupedzisira kana kuno vati chidzokerai , parizvino tichiine basa meSA zvekuti esp pahurongwa . Imbotipai 20yrs chete chete tirikuno.

    • And Zim side giving them few days to stay in Zimbabwe , how could it be whilst a person would be going to homeland?

  • Zvinobva zvaita kunge zvinyowani inga kubva 2010 zvichingodaro vachifamba nema receipts ma journalist achingovukura