Published On: Wed, Mar 18th, 2015

SA made “millions” from Zim documentation project

Malusi Gigaba, SA Home Affairs minister

Malusi Gigaba, SA Home Affairs minister

PRETORIA – SOUTH Africa could have generated more than R200 million from a project initiated late last year to document Zimbabwean national in the country.

About 250 000 Zimbabweans applied for the Home Affairs’ work permit under the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP).

Applicants paid R870 each.

Calculations by CAJ News revealed that a total of R217,5 million was generated from the estimated 250,000 ZSP exercise.

Zimbabwean human rights activist, Runesu Muchemwa, corroborated the calculations.

“”I believe Home Affairs generated lots of millions out of this work permit project,” said Muchemwa in Pretoria.

Home Affairs spokesman, Mayihlome Tshwete, could not immediately respond to emails and text messages.

“Sorry, I’m in a meeting, please SMS me,” he texted.

In another text message, Tshwete promised to phone CAJ News back before 2:00pm, but he again failed to do so.

Tshwete could not respond despite earlier pledges.

Home Affairs Department contracted Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) to capture data for the Zimbabweans seeking to renew their work permits in South Africa.

The ZSP application process closed on December 31. The old Dispensation for Zimbabweans Project (DZP) permits expired on the same day.

The processing of permits is expected to be finalised by the end of August.

– CAJ News

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