The Zimbabwean government which in the past engaged South Africa, has been shocked to hear about the supposed deportations of its 40,000 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 said yesterday. The minister said it was news to him as he has not been briefed over the said imminent deportations.

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.





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Hacha Ndizvo Dr
+1 # Hacha Ndizvo Dr 2015-01-05 15:45
As usual our Government is clueless of what's happening around them.
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selele
+2 # selele 2015-01-05 16:25
Did these 40k people go there on government business? If not, ndeyekwavo iyo and should see how they find their way back to Gwabalanda, Nkai or whereever they originated from.

Next will be UK kicking out undesirable elements from their midst.
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Hacha Ndizvo Dr
0 # Hacha Ndizvo Dr 2015-01-05 17:20
Your ignorance defies logic. It is within the interest of the Zimbabwean Government that those people should continue to work and feed, cloth and educate their families.
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tiburai
0 # tiburai 2015-01-06 01:52
Iwe uripi kutaura kwako ndekwemunhu anegodo nehutsinye. You wanted them to stay in Zimbabwe starving to death. What do you do for a leaving unotsvinya kudaro.you won't even pity for your on countryman.you full of shit.
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lind
0 # lind 2015-01-05 16:48
wenhamo wenhamo I like mapfumo
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trevor
+1 # trevor 2015-01-05 17:54
Haiwawo ndezvekumama zvana Gigaba mune ma Foreigner mangani mu SA asi isu Zimba tisu ma foreigner chete ?
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tambaoga
0 # tambaoga 2015-01-05 20:24
Aiwa uyai vakomamana mvura iri kunya tizorima fodya,kwete kusiya tukadzi twenyu tuchi rohwa mitsetse namafudzamombe
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selele
0 # selele 2015-01-05 21:34
Quoting tambaoga:
Aiwa uyai vakomamana mvura iri kunya tizorima fodya,kwete kusiya tukadzi twenyu tuchi rohwa mitsetse namafudzamombe

iro idama. :lol:
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Dofo Chatunga
0 # Dofo Chatunga 2015-01-06 00:51
Grace will be worried! 40K people marching to the state house can be enough to paralyse this dictatorship! Come and start a revolution, especially the die hard criminals this is where we need your skills back home!
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mynameis
+1 # mynameis 2015-01-06 04:09
I support kudzoka kwevanu ivavo dai vatodeporta vese only when they experience nzara yeZimbabwe maybe tingabatana kuti enough is enough
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selele
+1 # selele 2015-01-06 16:41
Quoting mynameis:
I support kudzoka kwevanu ivavo dai vatodeporta vese only when they experience nzara yeZimbabwe maybe tingabatana kuti enough is enough

nemadizidhendi ngaadzoke atange chimwe chimoto if they are still strong.
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