Zimbabweâ€™s Consular-General in South Africa, Chris Mapanga, has refuted media reports to the effect that the South African Immigration Department has extended the deadline for Zimbabweans to submit applications for permits.
Consular General Mapanga said the South African Immigration Department did not extend the 31st of December deadline it had set for submission of permit applications but only extend the dates for the processing of the document.
â€œThe end of March deadline that was set is for the processing of received applications only, so after the 31st of March, anyone who will be outside the system of the Immigration Department will be staying in South Africa illegally and will therefore be subject to deportation,â€ General Mapanga said.
He said towards the deadline in December, the South African Immigration Department was admitting applications from Zimbabweans who didnâ€™t have documents but have a note from the Embassy or Consular Generalâ€™s office confirming that they were Zimbabweans.
The issuing of birth certificates and national identity cards is on going with the Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede confirming that his officers are operating down South.
â€œThe process is ongoing for the convenience of all Zimbabweans in South Africa,â€ Cde Mudede said.
The South African government last year called for all Zimbabweans living in that country to formalise their stay by having proper documentation.
This call led to the Registrar Generalâ€™s office to dispatch a team of officers to South Africa to afford Zimbabweans staying in that country, opportunities to have proper documents.