Zimbabweans ask SA govt to give them permanent residence permits




Advocate Simba Chitando

JOHANNESBURG – The association asked the Gauteng High Court for the Zimbabwean nationals’ permanent residencies on Wednesday before the expiration of the permits in November 2021.

Along with the appeal for local citizenship, the association has pleaded for South African ID documents based on permanent residency in Mzansi and in terms of the Immigration Act as well as the Identification Act.

An additional request to the court asked for a review of the decision by Home Affairs not to renew residency permits “knowing that the holders of the permit have known no other home besides South Africa for more than 10 years.”

“It is further submitted that the holders of Zimbabwean Exemption Permits have a legitimate expectation for the renewal of their current permit, and for permanent residence, without any further conditions, and the right to apply for citizenship in the Republic of South Africa,” the court statement said.

According to the Zimbabwean Advocate Simba Chitando, the neighbouring country’s immigrants have delivered consistent value towards South Africa’s wealth.

Zimbabweans are due banking services and retirement benefits too…

“The problem faced by many hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans in SA is that they have been here for 10 years or longer under a variety of different permits, and it is generally conceded that they make a huge contribution to the SA economy, yet these permits do not allow them to enjoy the benefits that come with permanent residence, such as full access to banking facilities, or the right to accumulate pension savings,” he said.

“We argue that it is past time to grant permanent residence to those Zimbabweans who have been living and working in SA in a kind of no-man’s land.

“We believe it is reasonable to expect to be granted permanent residence when the ZEPs expire, which they do in November 2021,” he concluded.

Source: The South African