Govt to investigate camps for displaced Zimbabweans

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pretoria - Cabinet has requested the Department of Home Affairs to investigate setting up transit camps for displaced Zimbabweans.

The camps in Musina in Limpopo could relieve pressure being experienced in the rest of the country. Thousands of Zimbabwean nationals have crossed the border into South Africa to escape economic collapse in their own country.

"The situation in Musina is getting quite desperate and the conditions under which people are living is of grave concern," said Government Spokesperson Themba Maseko in Pretoria on Wednesday, following the latest Cabinet meeting.

He explained that transit camps would be set up for those Zimbabweans who were still waiting for their documents to be processed.

"The Department of Home Affairs will make a proposal in this regard to enable the government to respond. In the meantime, government will continue to work with non-governmental organisations to address the plight of the Zimbabwean nationals," Mr Maseko highlighted.