We in PASSOP agree that there is a need for the return of Zimbabweans, back to Zimbabwe, but only when there is employment and opportunity and this is clearly not the case at the moment- we still have thieves in government. The thieves are the problem, Zimbabwe indeed can succeed -but only when we have weeded out all the thieves. We are alarmed by the effect of MDC announcements on the Diaspora in South Africa; they could make it seem as if things are better- which jeopardises the chances of the Diaspora gaining documentation and status in South Africa.
The latest on the new document:
The government has decided to stop issuing the section 23 temporary document from their NIB (national immigration branch) offices, which was valid for up to two months. They have decided to stop distribution because they see the temporary document as an unnecessary step in the process towards the issuing of the section 31.2 document which will be valid for 12 months. The department is awaiting the outcome of a cabinet meeting this week, during which the government will hopefully decide to release a large amount of resources to open up centres. These centres shall be used to distribute the section 31.2 document to Zimbabweans. A reminder, people must try to bring some proof of being Zimbabwean with them when they come to South Africa, it could help. Unfortunately, again, Zimbabweans have no choice, but to wait for the outcome of the meeting.