Speaking to Radio VOP in an exclusive interview in Bulawayo on Thursday after the South Africa-Zimbabwe Business Forum on Investment and Trade Initiative here, Ambassador Vusi Mavimbela said:
“There is nothing more that we can do as a country, no one wants to keep a person who entered their country illegally. Those who failed to apply or get their permits will be flushed out of South Africa.”
He added that the government of Zimbabwe is aware that there are Zimbabweans who failed to get permits to stay in South Africa and they would be deported back home because they failed to apply for permits or the process failed them because they did not deserve.
“Zimbabwean government is aware of our next move and they have agreed to have their people back home,” said Ambassador Mavimbela.
The 31 December 2010 deadline saw only 275 763 Zimbabwe registering to legalise their stay in South Africa and Ambassador Mavimbela urged people to go and collect their permits. He said those that had not yet been called to collect their permits were a sign that they failed the process.
Many Zimbabweans had over the past few years entered South Africa illegally to escape the deteriorating political and economic climate in the country. Solidarity Peace Trust recently estimated that there were about 1.5 million Zimbabweans living in South Africa.