- Home Affairs announced the release of a permit that will allow Zimbabweans to live, work and stay in South Africa legally
- The permit does not allow for Zimbabweans to be given permanent residency in the country
- These permits, called Zimbabwean Exemption Permits, will expire in December 2021
The Department of Home Affairs announced the printing of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP).
The permit will allow Zimbabweans to legally work, live and stay in South Africa for as long as it is valid.
TimesLIVE reported that more than 180 000 Zimbabweans that live in South Africa already applied for the official document that will allow them to legally do business, study and stay in the country.
The department completed and printed 178,172 applications for the ZEP so far. Applications for the permit was announced in 2017 when the Zimbabwean Special Permit expired.
Thabo Makgola, spokesperson of the Home Affairs Department, said 108 485 of the 180 000 applications for permits have been processed and already collected, while 39 089 were in the process of collection.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the government asked the 1 932 applicants whose applications could not be processed, to contact the Zimbabwean consulate.
However, this permit still denies permanent residency to Zimbabweans. The permits became legal in January 2018 and will expire in December of 2021.
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