Repatriation and Reintergration Plan of Retuning Nationals from SA Now In Place
Brian Rungano Temba
Government will soon welcome back and receive at least 178 000 Zimbabwean nationals currently in South Africa who are going to be affected by the non-renewal of their work permits in that country.
The nationals were given beyond June 30, 2023.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said arrangements to repatriate and reintegrate the nationals are all now in order.
“Cabinet wishes to assure the nation that the Second Republic has elaborate plans to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens who face an uncertain future in foreign lands and are desirous to return to their motherland.
“As the situation stands, more than 178 000 Zimbabwean nationals will require assistance, since they will be regarded as illegal immigrants in South Africa after 30 June 2023. Accordingly, the Technical Committee on the Return of Zimbabwean Nationals, which was set up by Cabinet, has designed a comprehensive Repatriation and Reintegration Plan comprising three elements, namely: the Pre-Arrival; Arrival; and Post-Arrival stages,” said Sen Mutsvangwa.
Senator Mutsvangwa also said Government had made contact with nationals in South Africa for the facilitation of recovering lost or destroyed identification documents.
“Under the plan, facilities at the Beitbridge and Plumtree Border Posts have already been inspected in order to ensure preparedness for the impending repatriation task.
“The physical mapping exercise that the Technical Committee conducted in South Africa reached out to nearly 10 000 Zimbabwean nationals across the nine provinces of South Africa. The Technical Committee assisted those in need of identity and related documents,” she added.