Nelson Chamisa says he is concerned about Zimbabweans living in South Africa

MDC A leader Nelson Chamisa says he is concerned about the challenges faced by Zimbabweans living in South Africa.

Writing on social media, Chamisa said he has opened platforms for engagement for those in South Africa.

“To all Zimbabweans living in South Africa: we are concerned about you, your challenges and seized with your situation. We have opened platforms of engagement. Ultimately we must fix our home base and that which has destroyed our beautiful and great country.”

Chamisa said the immigration crisis facing the region is as a result of too much diplomacy and too little action on rigging of elections, governance deficits and multiple rights violations

“In order to solve the immigration challenges we must end elections rigging & citizens repression.”

Meanwhile, Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has extended exemption permits to Zimbabwean nationals for a period of twelve months to allow holders to apply for a necessary visa under the Immigration Act.

In a gazette and statement published on Home Affairs’ website on Friday (7 January), Motsoaledi said that these exemptions will expire on 31 December 2022.

The gazette states that no holder of the exemption can be arrested, detained or ordered to depart for not having a valid exemption permit, and may be permitted to enter into or depart from South Africa during this time period.