MDC 'disappointed' in Zimbabwe govt
15 December 2010, 14:08
Johannesburg - The Movement for Democratic Change in South Africa said on Wednesday it was disappointed in the Zimbabwean government for failing to help its exiles.
"We are deeply disappointed in our own government for not being able to meet the South African government halfway," MDC SA chairperson Faustine Moyo snr said at a press briefing in Johannesburg.
The Zimbabwean government was currently incapable of producing more than 500 passports a day. Close to 4 000 passport applications were reportedly outstanding.
Moyo said the delay was "sabotage and deliberate" on the part of the Zimbabwean government.
"We are greatly indebted to the South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for relaxing all the immigration laws. South Africa bent all rules for us."
He called on all Zimbabweans in South Africa to use the remaining two weeks of the indemnity period to apply for their papers, to ensure their stay in the country becomes legal.
"Dlamini-Zuma assured us that deportations will not immediately resume after December 31, so I urge all Zimbabweans to go and sort out all their documents. She also added that the process of applications will continue after December 31, as long as the documents were submitted before the deadline."
Dlamini Zuma said in Pretoria on Tuesday that Zimbabweans who had applied for passports, but had not received them, should attach a copy of the receipt they received from Zimbabwean consulate officials to the documentation they submitted in their application for a visa.
The December 31 deadline for visa applications still stood, the minister said.