Illegal Zimbabweans Trying To Leave South Africa Turned Back At Beitbridge Border
Illegal Zimbabwean nationals who are voluntarily returning to Zimbabwe are being turned back at the Beitbridge border because they lack the necessary documents.
Despite the six-month extension of Zimbabwe Exception Permits, thousands of Zimbabweans are returning home (ZEP). The special permits that were supposed to expire on December 31, 2022, will now expire on June 30, 2023. Although the extension is welcomed by many, some are returning permanently for safety reasons.
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According to GroundUp, the migrants stated that they were returning to Zimbabwe due to the vigilantism in South Africa. “The only possible option is to go back home to Zimbabwe. The wave seems to be spreading to all provinces. It’s better I leave before this life-threatening situation is upon us.”
Scalabrini also issued a statement on their Facebook page stating that, despite the extension of Zimbabwe special permits, many holders are still ineligible to apply for mainstream permits.
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The statement read: “The requirements for mainstream visas are not attainable for most ZEP holders, and waivers of certain requirements are difficult to access and not readily issued. We continue to advocate for reducing the barriers encountered in trying to access immigration visas.”
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