While Zimbabweans in many parts of South Africa are rejoicing at the SA cabinet’s approval of another permit to succeed the ZSP, those in Pretoria face uncertainty especially the undocumented after Mayor Solly Msimanga said he is giving a go ahead for a massive evacuation of illegal migrants.
This has dampened the mood among the undocumented Zimbabweans whose hopes of being able to apply for the new permits which the Home Affairs will reopen in due course.
The DA mayor who many African migrants in SA have labelled as hostile and xenophobic towards them promised to sweep Tshwane streets and buildings of any illegal migrants.
His statement goes against what Minister of Home Affairs professor Hlengiwe Mkhize said on an SAfm interview when she said the ZSP applications would reopen and will also accommodate those who missed the 2009 ZSP initiative.
Mkhize said during the interview that all Zimbabweans in SA will be eligible to apply for the new ZSP.
Msimanga has been quoted calling illegal migrants as ‘criminals’ who he says must be treated as such.
He has accused migrants of holding the country to ransom and said he would not tolerate that, hence the widely talked about Tshwane War on Crime will kick-start to put an end to this mess.
He blamed the national government for opening borders to ‘criminals’. He also blamed the ANC led previous administration for practically doing nothing about it.
He claimed that under the ANC’s watch, illegal migrants were allowed to come into SA without proper papers but that would not happen under the DA’s watch come 2019.
Mayor Msimanga said that he’s on a mission to clean up his city, and the prime targets in his sights are undocumented immigrants.
“There’s an intricate process. The city has spoken to repatriation and the Home Affairs Department and others. But at present, there’s nothing that’s received from the national government,” stated the mayor.
Meanwhile the ZSP holders wait anxiously for the Home Affairs minister’s announcement of when the application process will open, how to apply for the new permits and what the ‘certain conditions’ will be.