Consul General Mr. Godfrey Magwenzi, assured the stakeholders representing various Zimbabwean organizations based in South Africa that both sides will comfortably meet the deadline for the issuing of Permits and Passports respectively.
South Africa Department of Home Affairs (DHA) was represented by its Chief Director for Immigration Mr. Jack Mamabolo.
According to statistics presented by the consulate to the stakeholders Monday, over 9 000 Zimbabweans are yet to receive their passport as they are still being processed whilst over fifty 57 000 have already been processed and distributed to respective owners.
The South African government’s Department of Home Affairs has to date issued over 270 000 permits while just above 140 000 are yet to be issued.
According to the Movement for Democratic Change acting spokesperson, Austin Moyo, the issue of the famous and feared Gumbagumbas (trucks used for deportations) which had been out of sight for some time, since the start of this documentation project, was also raised after they were seen being dusted off in ‘preparation for deportations’ to commence on the 1st of August.