Second Republic creating opportunities for returning citizens, says ZANU PF

Second Republic creating opportunities for returning citizens, says ZANU PF

By Tendai Munengwa

THE ruling ZANU PF party has reached out to Zimbabweans in South Africa assuring them they are welcome to return home as the Second Republic is creating various opportunities for its citizens.

Some Zimbabweans residing in South Africa are expected to flock back home after a decision by authorities in that country not to renew exemption permits which are set to expire by December this year.

“Most Zimbabweans are leaving in fear because we are being told at workplaces that our exemptions permits will not be renewed by December,” revealed Hilda Masuku of the South African Nkayi Diaspora Chapter.

ZANU PF Chief Whip, Honourable Pupurai Togarepi and ZANU PF Nkayi legislator, Honourable Stars Mathe reached out to some of Zimbabweans on the sidelines of the Pan African Parliament sitting in South Africa.

“Yes, the news has reached to us that our people are being told to go back home as their exemptions will no longer be renewed by December. So we want to assure all affected Zimbabweans here that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is ready to receive them.

“We are building our county brick by brick and we would want them with the skills they acquired to come back and exhibit them. The second Republic is not leaving anyone behind,” he said.

“They raised issues of their safe return saying in some instances they have been asked to pay bribes when they seek investment opportunities in back home. So, we promised to assist them opportunities being offered by the Second Republic, that we will accommodate them when they come home,” says Honorable Mathe.

Those without proper documentation have been advised to visit Zimbabwean embassy in South Africa for facilitation of safe travel back home, while those who wish to stay in South Africa should abide by the neighbouring country’s laws on immigration.

The government of Zimbabwe has made progress in engaging South African on the exemption permits, with the two countries’ ministers of Labour and Home Affairs expected to meet by the end of October this year to come up with relevant interventions on labour migration.