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SAfrica: Zimbabweans in line to be legally counted

SAfrica: Zimbabweans in line to be legally counted

A South African immigration official says all Zimbabweans who are in line Friday to legalize their status by a year-end deadline will be dealt with.
Joas Phala says immigration officials will work late to ensure all Zimbabweans in line will have their applications properly registered.
Thousands of Zimbabwean immigrants have crowded outside South African immigration offices to apply for permits before a feared wave of deportations, as an amnesty granted to illegal Zimbabwean immigrants ends Dec. 31. At one Johannesburg office, lines stretched almost twice around the block.
South Africa's immigration minister says deportations of undocumented migrants will not begin until every application has been processed.
Nearly 3 million Zimbabweans are believed to be living and working in South Africa.


Updated : 2021-07-25 04:46 GMT+08:00