Still applying my mind says Gigaba on ZSP permits

Still applying my mind says Gigaba on ZSP permits

 Still applying my mind says Gigaba on ZSP permits

January 18 2017 – AS THE clock starts ticking towards the expiration of  ZSP permits, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday, (today) says he still yet to ”apply his mind” and will make an announcement  at the appropriate moment.

“When we look at what to do with the ZSP, we will take into consideration all of the factors that are necessary. I don’t want, right now, to be dragged into the conversation because it has not been properly processed by myself, and it has not been canvassed with my Cabinet colleagues,” Gigaba told reporters at a media briefing in Pretoria (today).

that  will determine the  fate of almost 200 000 Zimbabweans  living  and working in South Africa on using the document that expires expires this year.

“We will do that during the course of the year. We are mindful of the fact that people are anxious about the time lapsing. They have established their lives, and some of them have established families.”

Gigaba however said he has been urging holders of the ZSP to apply for mainstream permits, outside the special dispensation.

“The ZSP, by its nature, is a ministerial discretionary permit — that’s why we don’t call it a visa. It’s given to categories of people on the basis of special circumstances. It cannot qualify for permanent residence or even naturalisation afterwards. It is offered and it must lapse,” says Gigaba.

“Once it lapses, to continue offering temporary permits establishes a precedence of permanence. People can take us to court and say they have been in South Africa on this special permit for many years and they now deserve permanent residence [permits]. To offer 190 000 [ZSP holders] people at one go would be unprecedented. It’s unheard of. It’s drastic.”

Gigaba said he needs to apply his mind on the matter without being put under pressure.

“I need to be allowed to exercise my mind fully on the matter, without being put under pressure. I’m quite considerate of the anxieties of the individuals concerned and their families,” he says.

Under a special dispensation granted by Pretoria in 2014, Zimbabweans who had previously being granted permits under the Dispensation for Zimbabweans Project were allowed to re-register for the three-year ZSP.  – ANA   Visit www.zimsinsa.com

Still applying my mind says Gigaba on ZSP permits