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Zimbabweans are fleeing the country

Many Zimbabweans in the Eastern Cape are returning their possessions because they are afraid of more xenophobic violence and because the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit has been removed (ZEP).

The recent attacks on immigrants in South Africa by members of groups like Operation Dudula, the Dudula Movement, and PutSouthAfricaFirst have been very upsetting to a lot of people. When Elvis Nyathi was outside his home in Diepsloot, he was beaten and set on fire. It took the help of the Zimbabwean government to bury Nyathi last week.

Farisai Nyamadzawo, her husband, and their two children have been living in Gqeberha for 15 years. They have two children. As a housekeeper, she makes sure the house is clean. Her husband is a washer repair man. A bus took them to Zimbabwe in March.

"I was afraid I would lose everything." To move, she paid R6,000 to move two refrigerators, a four-plate stove, a pair of sofas, and a washing machine from one place to another.

The school year ends in December, and then my kids will leave. They won't come back. Due to the fact that my spouse and I have a Zimbabwe Exemption Permit, we will not be moving to Zimbabwe any time soon.

Because many people are afraid of xenophobic violence, they are carrying more luggage than other people on the plane. "We used to go on trips with groups of no more than 40 people. As tourists spend more money on shipping their luggage, we are seeing a drop in the number of people who come to Zimbabwe "he said that:

When he talked about baggage, he said that the prices haven't changed at all from last year. There is no change in the price of a double-door refrigerator: It costs R1 500. During the holidays, he said, "This is the same price we charged all year long."

"Most of the time, we go with less than 20 people," said a driver who didn't want to be named. They say they are dealing with a lot of bags and that is where they make money.

"However, because of a lot of competition, we can't raise the prices of luggage." To fit more luggage, we had to buy a bigger trailer, he said.


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