MDC-T meets South African Home Affairs Minister over deportation deadline

JOHANNESBURG – The Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is today meeting South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma over the 31 December deadline.

In a statement released to The Zimbabwe Mail, the party’s South African based spokesman said they will be meeting the Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma today in Pretoria with the view to persuade her to extend the 31 December deadline, set for all Zimbabweans to have regularized their safe in South Africa.

"We pray that mass deportations which are pencilled to resume within the next two weeks would be put on hold after our meeting today. We appeal for clemency and compassion. Going back to Zimbabwe is just as dangerous as hanging around in the xenophobic attacks prone Ramaphosa Informal settlement."

"It is now abundantly clear to everyone that millions of people would not have accessed the necessary documents by 31 December. It is crystal obvious, that the deadline will not allow a success of the project, which makes the whole process a mockery of its own self."

"We fully support the documentation process but paying a blind eye to a Number of fatal obstacles which bedevilled the noble process will not do anyone any favour."

"There is no way we can run away from the fact that there was no clear information and transparency about the process within the Zimbabwe communities and as well as the civil societies. We also watched with horror as Home Affairs continues to alter its story by the department starting demanding a plethora of documents that were not initially requested, like certified copies of company registration papers and Tax clearance certificates."

"The process is also hinged on the Zimbabwe government’s capacity to issues birth certificates, Identity Cards and Passports. However it turned out that the Zimbabwe government is incapable of delivering the necessary passports within the required time frame."

"These are some of the issues we shall be raising with the minister."

"We are however holding a Press Conference tomorrow to give you the Minister’s responses, our analysis and way forward," the statement said.