Ba­sotho get spe­cial SA per­mits

Lesotho Times - - News -

JOHANNESBURG — Le­sotho na­tion­als liv­ing in South Africa il­le­gally have been urged to come for­ward and ap­ply for a spe­cial per­mit. Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba said those who do so will not face any reper­cus­sions, and will in­stead be able to move around the coun­try more freely.

“Those who get the per­mit will be free to travel in the coun­try without fear of pros­e­cu­tion by the au­thor­i­ties.”

On Tues­day, Gi­gaba vis­ited the Le­sotho Spe­cial Per­mit Cen­tre in Midrand to as­sess the lev­els of ap­pli­ca­tions. He was joined by Le­sotho Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary for Home Af­fairs, Ad­vo­cate Bore­na­habokhethe Sekonyela.

The pair in­ter­acted with the dozens of Ba­sotho who heeded the call to get their doc­u­men­ta­tion in or­der and ap­ply for the per­mit.

Among them was Mare­itu-metse Fe­fane, a do­mes­tic worker who has been stay­ing il­le­gally in the coun­try for the past 14 years. She was one of those at the cen­tre who per­son­ally re­ceived her per­mit from the min­is­ter.

“I didn’t have an ID be­fore, so I went to ap­ply so I could have a work per­mit,” she said.

“This process was easy and quick, the peo­ple were very help­ful every step of the way.”

While brief­ing the me­dia, Gi­gaba also called on peo­ple who have been em­ploy­ing Le­sotho na­tion­als to fol­low the cor­rect pro­ce­dures and rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion.

“Please sign proof of em­ploy­ment for the Le­sotho na­tion­als who want to ap­ply for the per­mit. Those who do won’t be pros­e­cuted, but if they are found af­ter the dead­line, they would have breached the Im­mi­gra­tion Act,” he warned.

Gi­gaba said the process to get the per­mit be­gins with Le­sotho na­tion­als get­ting their iden­tity doc­u­ments from their home coun­try. He said it would also al­low the coun­try to share bio­met­ric data with Le­sotho.

“It will help South Africa to have a data­base of for­eign­ers in the coun­try.”

The spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion for Le­sotho na­tion­als work­ing, study­ing or run­ning a busi­ness in South Africa is ap­pli­ca­ble to those who have been in the coun­try since be­fore 30 Septem­ber 2015.

Those who have been in South Africa for less than 12 months need to have a po­lice clear­ance cer­tifi­cate from Le­sotho that is not more than six months old.

The govern­ment granted a mora­to­rium on de­por­ta­tions un­til 31 De­cem­ber 2016. — IOL

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