SA caves in on Zimbabwean visitors permits by extending them!

The South African cabinet has “approved” a new Zimbabwean dispensation program, amid talks of the extension of permits issued to Zimbabweans four years ago.

According to a statement released after cabinet proceedings on Wednesday, the Minister of Home Affairs will conduct a separate media briefing to announce details of this process.

Studio 7 from Zimbabwe was unable to reach South African acting spokesperson, Phulma Williams, for further information on the latest moves.

Zimbabwe Home Affairs Minister, Kembo Mohadi, last week meet with his counterpart Malusi Gigaba on the permits granted in 2010, to clarify if South Africa would extend the permits, after an earlier cabinet decision would require all Zimbabweans to return home once they have expired.

After the meeting, Gigaba told parliament a decision would be made on the issue by August 15th.

Some Zimbabwean organizations in South Africa are claiming that Pretoria has stepped up an operation to flush out illegal immigrants, including Zimbabweans by rounding them up.

Reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke to Ngqabutho Mabhena, chairman of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa, who says he welcomes the decision by the Pretoria government in approving proposals to renew the permits.

Thousands of Zimbabweans work in South Africa following serious socio-economic problems in its northern neighbour. VOA

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