Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makoni left representatives of Zimbabwe Civic societies based in South Africa high and dry after they snubbed their request for a meeting to get a briefing on the progress of issuing passports to their nationals staying in South Africa. They instead preferred to address a Press Conference alongside with the counterpart SA Home affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma before sneaking out of Sheraton Hotel, leaving, Mkuseli Apleni the SA Director General to brief the members of the Stakeholders Forum. They addressed the Press Conference at the same time Apleni was briefing Members of the Stakeholders forum in the same hotel.
SA Home Affairs revealed today that close to 32 662 applied for work permits in South Africa without passports on the pretext that the Zimbabwe government will deliver the green booklet.
Scores of the Stakeholders forum members had waited patiently for hours to get answers from their ministers, but were stunned when Apleni walked in and started addressing them.
When they requested an explanation over the non-appearance of their co-ministers, they were shell shocked to learn that the two were not interested in engaging them as they opted for other engagements.
“All we can do is to communicate to them that you want to meet your two ministers. That was done, but we were told that they have other important items in their schedules,” said Apleni.
Apleni was at pain to explain that he had no powers to force the ministers to meet members of the Stake-holders’ Forum.
At a meeting in December last year minister Dlamini-Zuma promised to invite members of the Stake-holders’ forum to interact with their ministers in their next meeting.
“Your ministers don’t even want to see you guys, why can’t they address their own people instead of burdening us with damage control sessions,”
confided a high official of SA’s Home Affairs.
The Zimbabwe authorities told journalists that they were able to produce 3000 passports a week and maintained that the offer for a Print machine from South Africa government was not necessary.
This is not the first time the two ministers treated Zimbabweans with disdain. The last time they addressed an African Heritage gathering, they refused to answer any question and insisted on being respected as cabinet ministers.
“I can’t understand why they left a South African authority to take our questions relating to Zimbabwe government. We wanted to engage them as our government ministers, but they could spare even one minute,” complained a Zimbabwe Human rights lawyer, advocate Gabriel Shumba.
Shumba’s lamentations followed after Apleni could not answer some questions relating to the issuing of Zimbabwe’s long birth certificate.
“The two ministers promised us that they will bring the data base here so that Zimbabweans can apply for all the documentations needed from this side without necessarily going to Zimbabwe,” said Apleni.
When he was informed that the long-birth certificates were only being issued in Zimbabwe, he said such queries can only be answered by the Zimbabwe authorities.Post published in: News