The MDC regional office in South Africa has appealed to thousands of Zimbabweans trying to apply for passports in Johannesburg to exercise patience and refrain from violence.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the party’s Information and Publicity Secretary Sibanengi Dube said they had learnt from Consul Officials ‘during a snap check in Braamfontein that the Zimbabwe Consulate was evicted from 20 Anderson after impatient applicant’s assaulted security guards of the building.’
The owners of the building also complained that the multitudes of Zimbabweans thronging his premises were making a lot noise, inconveniencing other tenants. The Consulate is now temporarily operating from Power House in Braamfontein at corner Simmonds Street and Wolmarans, where passport applications are being processed.
‘We are fully aware that queuing the whole day is not a joke, but beating up security guards is not a solution. The Consulate is also issuing tickets with numbers indicating days which individuals will be helped. So we encourage applicants to visit Power House only on dates allocated to them to avoid unnecessary congestions,’ Dube told Nehanda Radio.com.
The consulate meanwhile has promised to process about a thousand applicants a day in an effort to clear the huge backlog.