Moratorium has lapsed: SA

The South African government inadvertently admitted that it has resumed deportations of undocumented Zimbabweans when Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, announced that the moratorium on deportations had expired.

Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma
Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma

Answering questions after her media briefing here on Thursday, Dlamini –Zuma said that her government would not continue to allow undocumented Zimbabweans to break South African laws because the time covered by the moratorium had lapsed.

“I do not understand what you mean by breaking the moratorium on the deportation of Zimbabwean nationals,” said the SA minister.

“The way in which I understand it, the moratorium applied to specific people who entered South Africa at a specific time. There is no moratorium for Zimbabweans who come into South Africa today and break our immigration law, from deportation.

The SA government official said that the period of the moratorium was before she came to the Home Affairs Department, adding that there had been confusion that there was a blanket moratorium on deportations for Zimbabweans.

“How can there be such a blanket exemption for Zimbabweans, it can’t be? How can we say as a country, if you are from Zimbabwe you can break our immigration laws with no consequences? The moratorium therefore applied to a particular period. And this is why people had to register. If you break our laws, we will arrest you.”

She added that the Zimbabwe Documentation Project (ZDP) had gone “very well”, albeit with a few constraints.

“There are people who have not given us their fingerprints and we cannot give them permits without their fingerprints,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

“There are some who have not given us their passports. And I have been receiving reports that there are some who have not responded to our calls so they can provide us with the required documents or information. We cannot do much for those who have submitted all that is required.”

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