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Zimbabweans in South Africa receives important lifeline

While around 245,000 Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa are eligible to apply for the new Zimbabwe Special Permits three-year permits around 30,000 Zimbabweans who didn’t get permits to live and work in South Africa in 2010 have been facing uncertainty. But now according to news reports on Eyewitness News, been invited to resubmit proof of their applications. This could mean that should enough evidence of their original application exist they would in this case be considered to benefit from the latest registration process.

Zimbabweans In South Africa Receives Important Lifeline

With 245,000 Zimbabweans facing the expiration of their original 2010 documents are eligible to apply for new three-year permits after their current documents expire this year, an estimated 30 000 (possibly more) would have faced deportation without this latest move by the South African Department of Home Affairs.

According to official figures, released by the Department of Home Affairs, 275,000 Zimbabwean nationals applied for permits four years ago, but only 245,000 were eventually issued with theses permits.

The 30,000 people who have not received their original permit have now been asked to register on a database, in view of the issuing of the new Zimbabwe Special Permits.

The expectation is that they too will be given permission to live and work in South Africa for the next three years.

The Migrant Workers Association of South Africa says on its website that 83,000 people had by last week applied for permits under the latest registration process.

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