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PASSOP Criticises Zimbabwe Over Passports

Refugee rights group, People against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), has accused the Zimbabwean government of robbing its citizens in South Africa, where more than a 100 nationals are still waiting for passports.

The organisation states that Zimbabweans who have applied for permits to remain in South Africa legally are still waiting for their government to issue them passports so they can get the permits.

ACMS: Zim Documentary Process Flawed

A study by the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) has found that the process of documenting Zimbabweans is dogged by ‘administrative challenges’ and poor communication.

ACMS senior researcher, Roni Amit, points out that, “We can assume that many Zimbabweans were simply unable to navigate the documentation process because of its administrative challenges and the lack of effective communication, as well as misinformation from the regional offices."

Hanekom Commends DHA on Zim Registrations

People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) says the Department of Home Affairs has ‘exceeded expectations’ in its attempts to register Zimbabweans illegally in South Africa.

PASSOP spokesperson, Braam Hanekom, who has been among its fiercest critics, points out that, “The officials worked hard, it was a mammoth task and they had limited time.”

Hanekom says he is hopeful that at least 220 000 Zimbabweans who applied for the dispensation would be accepted.

UNHCR Accuses Kenya Over Refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is accusing the Kenyan government of breaking international refugee laws after it ordered around 8 000 Somali refugees to return home.

The UNHCR's Fatoumata Lejeune Kaba, points out that, "Our call to the Kenyan government is to stop this and to re-admit those who are in the no-mans land right now. We are in talks with the government to stop this and to find a solution.”

DHA Confident of Meeting Zim Permit Deadline

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says it has the resources to process special amnesty permits for undocumented Zimbabwean migrants.

Deputy Minister, Malusi Gigaba, points out that, "We have more than the necessary resources to ensure that the project is completed by its deadline."

Gigaba says the department has weekly meetings with various Zimbabwean stakeholders to assess the status of the project, to unlock bottlenecks where necessary and to ensure that the December 31 deadline will be met.

Home Affairs Welcomes Refugees’ Response

The Department of Home Affairs has welcomed the positive response from undocumented Zimbabwean refugees to the current drive to regularise their stay in South Africa.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 61st executive meeting of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, the initiative is the start of a process to document all nationals from neighbouring countries living in the country.

No Extension for Zim Permits - Gigaba

The Department of Home Affairs says the December 31 deadline for the process of officially documenting Zimbabweans in South Africa will not be extended.

Deputy Minister, Malusi Gigaba, points out that, "We will not shift the December deadline. People must make use of this opportunity because there will be no extensions."

Gigaba, who visited the home affairs regional office to assess the implementation of the amnesty for Zimbabweans with fraudulent documents, states that his department will beef up their staff compliment to speed up the process.

Zambia Relocates DRC Refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says Zambia has relocated more than 1 500 refugees from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo after the closure of a camp.

In a press statement, the UNHCR programme officer, Robert Taban, says that, “A total of 1 555 Congolese refuges have been relocated from Mwange and Kala to Maheba in the north-western province.”

Working the City: Experiences of Migrant Women in Inner-city Johannesburg

The exhibition is a culmination of a participatory photography project which worked with migrant women involved in sex work in the inner city of Johannesburg. The project, which ran for ten days, worked in collaboration with ongoing research that is being undertaken with women involved in sex-work in inner-city Johannesburg.

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