Six months after applying for the new four-year non-renewable Zimbabwean Exemption Permit, Zimbabweans living in South Africa still dont have their papers.
These were the new terms and conditions for Zimbabwean immigrants outlined by former Home Affairs Minister, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize in 2017.
The delays in issuing the relevant paperwork means some Zimbabweans face having their bank accounts closed.
Immigration Attorney, Gary Eisenberg says it is a widespread problem which affects all foreigners living in South Africa.
This could be neglect on the part of Home Affairs and now the banks have no choice but to adhere to its own internal policies not to to allow money to enter those accounts without a proper visa, because if they did it would be a source of illegal activity.— Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney and founder of Eisenberg and Associates
Eisenberg also spoke about the introduction of the travel regulations which required parents to hold unabridged certificates when traveling with their children.
He says those regulations became a problem when Home Affairs could not issue those certificates in time,resulting in trips being cancelled and businesses losing money.
It is not only on the part of Zimbabweans, this is also costing the economy billions. This is the kind of inefficiency we are talking about...— Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney and founder of Eisenberg and Associates
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