CoRMSA welcomes the Department of Home Affairs’ decision to grant further protection for Zimbabweans under the Zimbabwean Special Permits
The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) welcomes the announcement made by the Minister of Home Affairs (DHA), Hon Malusi Gigaba to grant further protection to Zimbabwean nationals who received permits under the Dispensation of Zimbabwean Project (DZP).
In 2009, the Department of Home Affairs introduced the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project to regulate and legalise the stay of Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa. The process included the granting of a moratorium on the deportation of Zimbabweans and the granting of the 90 day stay in South Africa. In 2010, this dispensation was opened for undocumented Zimbabwean migrants to apply for the DZP permits that allowed them to legally engage in employment, education and business. The DZP permits were valid for four (4) years from 2010 with no renewal clause attached to them. DHA indicated that over 250 000 Zimbabwean economic migrants applied under this dispensation. These permits were due to expire at various periods in 2014.
The announcement to introduce the creation of the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permits 2014 is welcomed. This is particularly important as various civil society organisations had over the past few years continued to engage with the department on what would happen after the DZP ends. This announcement has brought clarity to a community that was increasingly unsure of their fate in South Africa.
On the 30 July 2014, CoRMSA attended a roundtable discussion on The human cost of undocumented migration: Alternative to irregular entry in South Africa in Cape Town. This event was organised by the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa and Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office.
On the 24 July 2014 CoRMSA held a Networking and Access to Health Care Services and Social Assistance Information Session at the Musina Municipality in the Limpopo Province. This information session was initiated by CoRMSA in partnership with our local member organisation, the Mesina Legal Advice Office.
Every year on 9 August, South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day, a public holiday that pays homage to All the women: the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government and other struggles.
CoRMSA applauds all the women who rose up against the legislation that required black South Africans to carry the “pass” (special identification documents which infringed on their freedom of movement during the Apartheid era).
As the Department of Home Affairs implements a new visa regime, Statistics SA has revealed that about 102000 foreigners received temporary permission to live in the country, while another 6800 got the nod for permanent residence last year.
Many of them were from other countries on the continent, with the Zimbabweans leading the pack.
The data released yesterday does include the number of “undocumented” foreigners.