from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa has almost completed the adjudication and printing of applications for permits by Zimbabweans regularizing their stay in the neighbouring country.
Some 178 172 business, student and work applications for the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) have been adjudicated and printed, out of a total of 180 188 applications.
A total of 147 574 permits have already been dispatched to VFS and 108 485 have already been collected.
The balance of 39 089 is in the process of being collected or sent to the various VFS collection offices.
VFS, mandated by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs to handle the exercise, disclosed 84 applicants’ fingerprints need to be retaken.
“VFS has been trying to contact these applicants to no avail,” the
Meanwhile, of the completed applications, 1932 applicants have expired passports and therefore cannot have their permits processed. The closing date to submit new passports is December 15.
Home Affairs assured the remaining outcomes meanwhile under updated on the Home Affairs system and will be dispatched to VFS.
The process is to be completed by November 30, 14 months after it began.
– CAJ News