Bulawayo , March 10, 2014 – Bodies of Zimbabweans who perished in a disused gold mine in Roodeport, South Africa have arrived in Bulawayo and the process of dispatching them to various centres where they came from has started.
The 22 Zimbabweans were among dozens of illegal miners from Mozambique, Malawi and Lesotho who perished in the South Africa mine disaster.
Speaking to the ZBC News, the Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Kembo Mohadi said the process of identifying the Zimbabwean nationals was made easier by the fact that they had some form of identification.
Cde Mohadi reminded Zimbabweans aged 16 and above to carry an identification document when they appear in public places in line with the provisions of the National Registration Act.
While the requirement to carry an identity document whenever one appears in a public place was once challenged in the courts of law, Cde Mohadi said it is important for people to adhere to the provisions of the law even when one is not within the borders of the country.
The identity document can either be a national registration card, driver’s license, or passport.
By law, a police officer may at any time require a person to produce an identity document and if one fails to comply immediately with the requirement, they may be detained until their identity is established to the satisfaction of the police officer.
However, failure to comply with this requirement does not constitute a criminal offence in terms of the law.