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Non Renewal Of SA Special Permits Could Fuel Crime In Zimbabwe - Councillor

Non Renewal Of SA Special Permits Could Fuel Crime In Zimbabwe - Councillor

Gwanda North Ward 2 Councillor, Zwelibanzi Mpofu said the decision by South Africa not to renew the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP), will affect the livelihoods of many villagers in Matabeleland South Province, fuelling hunger and crime.

Matabeleland South is home to thousands of Zimbabweans who migrated to South Africa over the years both legally and illegally, running away from a dysfunctional economy.

On 25 November, the South African government announced that it would no longer renew the special permits, leaving thousands facing an uncertain future.

The special permits expire on 31 December this year and about 180 000 Zimbabweans are holders of the permits.

The ZEP holders have been given a grace period of 12 months, that is until the end of 2022, to either move to other permits if they qualify or leave that country before being deported.

Speaking to CITE over the weekend in Dadata, Gwanda North, Mpofu said the non-renewal of permits will negatively impact local communities. She said:

This is a serious challenge for our children outside the country. We, who are on this side are dependent on those who are in South Africa.

While I might not have a child in South Africa, the fact that my neighbour has a child in South Africa, I can’t sleep on an empty stomach.

My child cannot be turned away from school when my neighbour has a husband in South Africa.

I can go and ask for help from her and be assisted.

She said hunger and robbery cases will likely increase as people lose their livelihoods.

Mpofu called on the Government to intervene and help the affected people to have their permits renewed so they can continue work in South Africa.

More: CITE


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8 Comments

Shampoo 5 months ago

Ivo ma Sheff havabirwe because vane Security. Ko isu vana vamwari totosimba nekunamata. Help your children God. We depend on you. Satan atanga.


Black Jack 5 months ago

Ngatibatanei Zimbabweans tivarwise vasauye muno. Last time our Government made a mistake of sending them home when they were deported from South Africa. Veduwe takabirwa zvinonzwisa tsitsi. We are still traumatised.


Busymark 5 months ago

Tichabirwa tikapfidza..dzese dzaiva mbavha nematsotsi emuSA vachatanga paita door to door muno muZim , SA ngaitinzwire tsitsi


S 5 months ago

At least they were working. Now on the 12 months they were given, they should come and open some business here. Not stealing.


Mr Kazangula 5 months ago

Zanu Pf, Please have mercy on us.We deserve better than this 😭😭😭😭🤩🤩


Chikandamina 5 months ago

Gvt Haina Simba nazvo yedu,ye s .Africa haichatida ikoko.


Shampoo 5 months ago

Vanhu vakauraya nyika nekuba ivo vagere.Vana vedu vachitambudzwa kune dzimwe nyika. Chete ngungoti mbavha hadzinyare. Shame. Dzirikudya dzinyerere. Vamwe vachishupika.


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Madala Banda 5 months ago

Makauraya nyika kare nehuori nehumbavha iyezvino makutadza kuigadzirisa nyika iya dai yanga yakanaka hakuna aida kunoshandira dzimwe nyika manje umhhh matongero etsvimbo mugotsi aya mucha pinda bizz



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