10 Jul Written by  Administrator

Crisis Coalition supports special dispensation for emigrants

Harare -- Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) envisages the granting of a special dispensation by the South African government for Zimbabwean emigrants in the country, but more so calls for economic revival in Zimbabwe as a sustainable solution, Spokesperson Mfundo Mlilo said on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

 

“We are in support of an extension of that special dispensation for Zimbabweans living in South Africa,” said Mlilo in an interview.

“However, the sustainable solution is that the Zimbabwean government must deal with the economic and social factors that are pushing people to go to South Africa.

“As Crisis Coalition that is our position on this issue.”

 

The comments in support of the special dispensation resonate with the government position as expressed by the Minister of Home Affairs, Kembo Mohadi, who was quoted in the local media requesting for the reprieve for Zimbabweans.

 

The South African government recently announced a raft of immigration laws meant to tighten entry into the country and reduce the number of immigrants, which coincided with the expiry of the permits given to Zimbabwean emigrants.

 

South African Home Affairs Minister, Melusi Gigaba hinted that the special treatment for Zimbabweans was coming to an end, saying the service delivery system in the southernmost African country could be “shocked” if the over 250000 Zimbabweans are allowed to stay for one year, and potentially obtain permanent residence.

 

Meanwhile, Zimbabwean immigrants who attended a Crisis Coalition meeting in Hillbrow, Johannesburg in South Africa on June 14, 2014 expressed anxiety over the expiry of the permits and pleaded for the extension of the Special Dispensation Programme.

 

Civil society lobbied the South African government for the Zimbabwe Special Documentation Programme alongside the government of Zimbabwe in 2010, to help Zimbabweans who have been fleeing from the economic meltdown.

(Meeting held in Johannesburg)

Home Affairs Minister Mohadi has been pleading with the South African counterpart Gigaba that the local economy has not adequately improved to enable the emigrants to return to Zimbabwe, while the government is seen as implementing policies, as well as issuing inconsistent pronouncements that forestall economic revival.

 

Millions of Zimbabweans have flocked into the region, mainly into South Africa, and to European countries like the United Kingdom to do menial jobs as the local economy shrunk over the past decade.

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