passport fees slashed 08-09-10.jpgGovernment has slashed passport fees, in a move which will see an ordinary passport being issued for US$50 down from US$140.

The announcement was made by the co-Ministers of Home Affairs, Cde Kembo Mohadi and Mrs Theresa Makone at a news conference in Harare on Wednesday morning.

The reduction of the passport fees is aimed at enabling every Zimbabwean to have a travelling document and to help those Zimbabweans who are facing deportation in South Africa to acquire the necessary documentation.

The South African government recently announced that Zimbabwean nationals in the country without proper documents will be arrested and deported early next year.

 

A South African government spokesman on the 2nd of this month said the special dispensation implemented in April 2009 to allow Zimbabweans to stay in the country even when they have no proper papers, will end on December 31 this year.

 

The reduction of passport fees follows a decision that was passed by the Zimbabwean cabinet in Harare on Tuesday.

The Home Affairs co-Ministers revealed that a team of officers from the Registrar-General will be dispatched to South Africa to assist in the speedy issuing of the passports to beat the deadline that was set by the South African government.

The Ministers urged members of the public to bear with the Registrar General’s offices as there is likely to be queues arising from an influx resulting from the reduced fees.