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"We Are Ready To Welcome Our Nationals Home" Zim Minister On ZEP Permits


South African minister Naledi Pandor met with Zimbabwe’s minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Frederick Shava who co-chaired the mid-term review of the Bi-National Commission.

Shava commented on the issue of Zimbabwe Exemption Permits that are expiring this year, and said the Zimbabwean government is ready to welcome their citizens back home.

The Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) will expire in December, and those who fail to renew them, will be expected to go back home. Frederick Shava said they are still working together with South Africa government on the issue.

"Both governments are working closely. We are ready to welcome our nationals home," he said.

Shava adds that the issue of ZEPs has been public knowledge for a while thus people knew about the issue of being regularised, and that the Zimbabwean government is always ready to welcome back those who will be going back home.

"These are our nationals and those who fail to be regularised are always welcomed home. We are working on the logistics of welcoming them," he says.

South African minister Naledi Pandor says there are currently 45 Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) between South Africa and Zimbabwe. She adds that the MOU on Basic Education is at the advanced stage.

The issue of foreign nationals has been a hotly contested issue in South Africa which saw ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe saying that there was no longer guarantee that government was going to protect foreign nationals from xenophobic attacks.

Minister Naledi Pandor has however reacted to Pule Mabe's utterances which he made that the safety of foreign nationals in the country can no longer be guaranteed, she said those remarks should be condemned as they have a tendency of threatening people of foreign origin in South Africa.

"We shouldn't be threatening any person from another country," said Naledi Pandor.

Some analysts have argued that ANC has failed over the years, and now they are jumping on the bandwagon of blaming foreign nationals, pointing fingers at them as though they are the root cause of the challenges South Africa is facing.

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