Posted on November 30, 2010 | Category: Politics; Business, Sport
Harare, Zimbabwe – South Africa has re-introduced visas for Zimbabweans intending to stay in the country for more than 90 days, officials said Monday. The two country scrapped all visa requirements for their nationals early this year, as part of a regional initiative to promote free movement of people.
But South Africa has complained the move resulted in thousands of illegal Zimbabwean immigrants flooding the local job market, creating social tensions.
As a result, South Africa said it would re-introduce visas for Zimbabwean visitors staying in the country for more than 90 days.
‘We are very clear on the matter. If a Zimbabwean travels to SA he or she is supposed to have a study or work permit for him to stay in the country legally,’ Jack Matei, a top South African immigratio n official, said.
‘In the event that one enters the country saying they are just visiting, they will be given 90 days to stay. When the days lapse, they will be required to have a visa or else face deportation,’ he said.
Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans have in recent years fled economic hardships at home to neighbouring countries, particularly South Africa.
But in most of the countries they have not been welcome, creating social tensions over jobs, housing and other services.
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