SA, Zim home affairs ministers to meet

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pretoria - Zimbabwean Home Affairs Ministers, Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makone, are expected to arrive in South Africa later today, ahead of a scheduled bilateral meeting with their South African counterpart Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The bilateral meeting, the third between the three ministers, will take place against the backdrop of South Africa's objective of finalising the process of documenting Zimbabweans living in South Africa.

A total of 275 762 applications were received by the deadline of 31 December 2010. Of these applications 66 530 have so far been finalised with 209 232 currently receiving attention.

However, over 20 000 applications were received without the necessary accompanying passports and/or copies. South Africa is awaiting the printing of these passports by the Zimbabwean authorities to enable government to finalise the documentation process.

Commenting on the matter last week, Dlamini Zuma said: "The process is proceeding a bit slow and I would like to talk to our counterparts as this is constraining us in terms of putting a definite timeline of finalising this process, primarily because we have a dependency that we cannot do anything about."

The three ministers are expected to discuss ways and means of expediting the process of the production of Zimbabwean passports with a view to fast tracking the process of the documentation of Zimbabweans living South Africa.

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