Zim embassy in SA resumes issuing of documents

By ZBC Reporter

Zimbabwe’s embassy in South Africa resumed basic consul services today following the easing of the lockdown to contain the rapid spread of Covid-19.

Services including documentation, issuing of birth, national identification documents and passports were suspended in March when Zimbabwe and South Africa introduced a host of measures to minimise the spread of the virus.

Prior to this latest development, the consulate staff in both Johannesburg and Cape Town were only facilitating the repatriations of bodies for burial in Zimbabwe.

In addition, they were also handling the transportation of those Zimbabweans wishing to get home by road through Beitbridge Border Post.

The country’s Consul-General (CG) to Johannesburg, Mrs Melody Chaurura confirmed the developments to the Herald yesterday and that the backlog of those seeking consul services was relatively high.

“The backlog is certainly significant given that the station is generally busy. We normally handle 750 to 1000 clients weekly.”

She added that the services at the consulate were being opened up gradually in line with the host Government’s lockdown protocols. All clients would be served strictly by appointment between 0900 hours and 1230 hours during weekdays.

The Consul-General said members of the public should book for appointments via the consulate’s usual online platforms including Facebook.

“A maximum of 75 clients will be assisted daily at this point. The selection criteria will be on a first come first serve basis.

Mrs Chaurura said under the new order, the repatriation of bodies for burial in Zimbabwe will continue to be strictly processed electronically via the existing electronic channels.