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Zimbabwe flagGroundUp reports that the Department of Home Affairs has urged Zimbabweans who haven't received their special permits to be patient.  

The Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) allows Zimbabweans living in SA to regularise their stay in the country, but there have been numerous complaints from people concerned about how long the process was taking.  The ZEP application process opened on 15 September 2017, following the expiry of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) in December 2014.  Zimbabweans had to apply by the end of November last year.  This was extended to 31 January and then to 15 February 2018.  On 15 November 2018, the department announced the completion of the adjudication and printing of the ZEP.  VFS Global said it was facilitating all ZEP collections until 31 January 2019 and indicated:  "Applicants who have not received their permits are welcome to track their applications on the VFS Global website by inserting their AURN number as well as their last name."  David Hlabane of the Department of Home Affairs advised:  "The applicants who have not been notified may be among those whose adjudication is being finalised or whose outcomes are on the dispatch route from our department to VFS for distribution.  We are working on completing the whole process by 30 November 2018, and therefore plead for patience among applicants who are yet to receive their permits."  A total of 180,188 Zimbabweans applied for the ZEP permit.

  • Read the full original report by Tariro Washinyira at GroundUp

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