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Mohadi meets Zim exiles over permits

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HOME Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi and the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa (ZCSA) are set to hold key talks on the permits issue in Pretoria today amid reports that some South African banks are now freezing accounts held by Zimbabweans.

NQOBILE BHEBHE
CHIEF REPORTER

The ZCSA is an organisation assisting Zimbabweans to comply with the new South African permit system.

ZCSA head of communications Sicelo Sibanda said the bank account closures were raised during a consultative meeting held on Saturday in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Sibanda said among the concerns raised was the treatment from financial institutions.

“Some of the concerns raised are that some permits have already expired and this makes it difficult for people to travel to Zimbabwe on family business and some banks have already frozen accounts following the expiry of permits,” he said.

“The leadership of the ZCSA will tomorrow (today) meet with Mohadi. This meeting comes as a result of concerns raised by our members since our meeting in Hillbrow on Saturday.”

Sibanda said following some of the complaints, ZCSA “had no choice but to seek a meeting with Mohadi. We are pleased that the minister has agreed to meet us for the second time. As ZCSA, we are committed to addressing issues that affect Zimbabwe nationals in South Africa”.

ZCSA chairperson Ngqabutho Mabhena told Southern Eye that they were not certain whether the grouping would be part of the planned meeting between Mohadi and his South African counterpart Malusi Gigaba.

The two are scheduled to meet next Thursday. More than 250 000 Zimbabweans were issued with permits in the 2009 special dispensation programmes to legalise their stay in South Africa.

The permits expire before the end of the year.

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