200 000 face deportation from SA

Source: 200 000 face deportation from SA | The Herald February 6, 2017

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
At least 200 000 Zimbabweans in South Africa face deportation at the expiry of their special dispensation permits on December 31.

The figure is a far cry from the alleged 3 million touted by Zimbabwean opposition political parties as the number of Zimbabweans resident in South Africa as they seek to cast aspersions on Government.

South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba was quoted in the South African media last week, saying the special permit arrangement could not continue forever.

He said some Zimbabweans might be forced to regularise their stay in that country or apply for visas like other foreigners.

“We cannot offer permanent residency for such a high number of people,” said Minister Gigaba.

Minister Gigaba said there were 197 000 people on the special permit arrangement, adding that he would make an announcement on the ZSP before the end of this month.

He urged Zimbabweans to take full advantage of other visas provided by South Africa.

“We will make a well-thought-out decision, hopefully with the support of my cabinet colleagues.”

Minister Gigaba said his government was considering setting quotas on the number of foreigners interested in working or running businesses in South Africa.

He said they were also working on a proposal first made in the green paper on international migration in June to have quotas on the number of economic migrants in the country.

According to the South African Home Affairs Department, economic migrant refers to foreign nationals who migrate for economic reasons such as seeking employment or to conduct business.

Minister Gigaba said his country would start enforcing South African law requiring that 60 percent of all workforces should be made up of locals in the hospitality sector.

The law will also be enforced in the construction, agriculture and mining industries, which have a number of foreigners in their employ.

Ms Roshan Dadoo of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa said the looming end of the ZSP made no sense as it could lead to Zimbabweans with jobs in the country being declared illegal.


  • comment-avatar
    Jamaal Cali 5 years ago

    I do believe governments should be held accountable if their citizens have toleave to live as refugees in another country.
    Look inside yourselves you “Heads of States” and ask “WHY?”
    Why are my people leaving to live as beggars elsewhere???

  • comment-avatar
    Everisto 5 years ago

    The truth is those who tried to regularise their stay in SA if denied it would be easy as they will simply revert to the old days where one wouldn’t worry to be documented but would prefer to stay as an illigal migrant. Most will loose jobs and crime will rise as a result

  • comment-avatar
    Mthwakazi 5 years ago

    Most ngamaShona. Babenikana amaPermit eSozibeli. kkkkkk