Zimbabweans get leave to apply for special permit

By IAfrica
In South Africa
Aug 13th, 2014

PRETORIA – Zimbabwean migrants can breathe a sigh of relief.

Home Affairs has now offered an extension to a special permit which allows them to stay in South Africa.

Migrants will now have to apply for a new permit which will run for three years.

The Dispensation Zimbabwe Project (DZP) was created in 2010 to assist those fleeing instability in their country and allowing them to work, do business and study in South Africa.

Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba said only current holders of the DZP will be illegible.

“Zimbabwean nationals who wish to stay in South Africa beyond 2017 must return to Zim and apply for anyone of the visas that are available,” said Gigaba.

Applicants will have to provide proof of work, business or study.

The department says it will open four new offices to increase its capacity to deal with the flood of applications.

The application fee is still undecided. 

* eNCA’s Zikhona Tshona has more on this story. Watch the video in the gallery above.

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