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Elvis Nyathi's Family Implores Govt To Reduce Passport Fees

Elvis Nyathi's Family Implores Govt To Reduce Passport Fees

The family of the late Elvis Nyathi, who was murdered by a mob in South Africa for not having a passport, has appealed to the Zimbabwean government to reduce passport fees to make them affordable to the generality of the citizenry.

This plea from the Nyathi family highlights the struggles Zimbabweans have to endure to obtain national documents due to factors including bureaucratic and financial challenges.

Originally from Bhewula, Sewula Village Kezi in Matopo South under Chief Malaba of Matabeleland South, Nyathi was buried at Umvutcha cemetery in Bulawayo on Saturday.

Speaking at Nyathi’s funeral service held Saturday at the Brethren in Christ Church, New Lobengula, his brother Godknows Nyathi said he was killed after he failed to produce a passport. Said Godknows:

Elvis and his wife hid behind their shack when they heard a mob going around wanting to see IDs and passports.

After they were seen hiding, Elvis on seeing the angry crowd, ran away because they were armed. They chased him, caught up with him and beat him up with weapons.

They said since you are running away you have a gun and searched his room but couldn’t find anything.

They asked for his wife’s passport and told her to give them R300 to release him.

They didn’t have the money so they took Elvis, beat him up and burnt him on the street.

Addressing mourners, Nyathi’s cousin, Mphathisi Ndlovu, implored the Government to reduce passport fees. He said:

Elvis died for not having a passport. A Zimbabwean passport is expensive.

We know some may say the one that costs a lot of money is the emergency passport but there is talk, which always causes alarm among those outside the country that we must apply for emergency passports as it comes out faster.

The emergency passport when in South Africa cost R5 000, which is money that we don’t even earn.

How was Elvis going to afford the R5 000 from his gardener’s salary? The R300 that his killers demanded from his wife is the same amount one needs to buy the passport form.

… There is also a possibility that it (the ordinary passport) will not come out, which forces us to borrow money to apply for the costly emergency passport.

Ndlovu also claimed that as soon as one produced a Zimbabwean passport outside the country, their value as a human being was reduced. He said:

Wherever you produce it, your value is reduced immediately. If you are going for a job interview and that job was paying R7 000, the pay would be reduced to R3 000.

The Government recently introduced the Electronic-passport. An ordinary passport costs US$120 while an emergency one costs US$220.

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8 Comments

Vybz Kartel 1 month ago

Vote for Zanu PF 2023


G N 1 month ago

It is very painful that the same people that Zimbabwe and other front line states fought so hard to free from apartheid are the same people who are chasing and killing them now. The Front line State Zimbabwe included fed accommodated thousands of fellow south African brothers running away from apartheid at a huge cost . the same group of countrys provided training and arms and food to ANC for free.Samora Machel was killed by the apartheid regime for supporting umkondo we lizwe.but other African leaders mugabe included never relented in there support for their support of the black African brother down south who was a bantustan foreigner in his own country. Very very sad indeed that the ANC is busy crafting laws to chase away the same brothers who freely took care of them only years ago now that they are independent. Zuma and Mbeki surely know better and must be seen fighting against deportations but no they don't they instead condone the killngs by keeping quiet. Sad story


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Cheap passport my foot, our economy has to be fixed and its a matter of agency we cant wait for 2030 to get food on our tables. how many months are you given to stay in SA if you have a passport? you mean if you have a passport you dont need a job in SA? their reason for not wanting us there is taking their jobs meaning affordable passport wont solve that...


Naruto 1 month ago

You talk nothing but nonsense

TTT 1 month ago

its true the passport price must be reduced to affordabe $5


Gogodera 1 month ago

Kids kana mubeam havaiswe😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

千凵几Ꮆ Ҡ凵 1 month ago

This funeral turned political long back! Sickening

Ryt now where are these politicians uElvis usengcwatshiwe . Wat happens to his children ? Noone cares . State assisted funeral my A$$


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