South African Farmers Refusing To Help Zimbabwean Workers Get Permits: MDC Official

This was revealed to Radio Vop by Nqabutho Dube, the MDC-Mutambara,s information secretary in South Africa.
Dube was in Cape Town last week visiting Zimbabwean farm workers and some working in the city.The visit was to explain the amnesty which allows Zimbabweans to be granted special four year permits as stipulated by an agreement between Harare and Pretoria in August this year.
“ During my visit to the Western Cape I discovered that many Zimbabweans working on the farms in the province were not well informed about the amnesty which allows them to get work permits, ” said Dube whose party has been involved in the negotiations with Home Affairs officials since August.
According to Dube, some of the challenges faced by Zimbabweans on the farms in the Western Cape included poor working conditions and refusal by their white employers to write them letters confirming their employment status.
After meeting the farm workers, Dube also met officials at the Department of Home Affairs and visited Zimbabwe,s temporary passport office situated in the suburb of Bellville in Cape Town.

“ We have found that the majority of Zimbabweans applying for passports at the Bellville temporary documentation office are those from Mashonaland.Zimbabweans from Matabeleland are in possession of South African documents,” Dube told Radio Vop.
Zimbabweans who obtained South African passports and Identity Documents fraudulently will not be prosecuted if they returned them before the deadline of December 31.South African businesses who also employed undocumented Zimbabweans will not be prosecuted until the amnesty is over.Since the Zimbabwe dispensation programme started in September, Home Affairs’s 46 offices in the country have processed more than 25 000 applications and rejected more than 300.Applicants receive text messages informing them of the status of their application.
-Thabo Kunene