Deadline approaching for Lesotho nationals in SA: Here’s how to legalise your stay

Cape Town – The Kingdom of Lesotho and South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has issued an alert to all Lesotho nationals saying September is the last month to apply for the Lesotho Special Permits (LSPs).

This means that Lesotho nationals who work, study or do business in South Africa unlawfully have only 14 days left until 30 September 2016 to regularise their stay in South Africa.

While visiting Basotho in Rustenburg last week, the South African Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, urged Lesotho nationals to use the next few weeks to apply for their LSPs.

Applicants for the special permit must fulfil the following requirements to qualify for the LSP:

Be registered on the National Population Register (NPR) system of Lesotho and a have a Lesotho ID card.

Have a valid passport or travel document with a unique Lesotho identity (ID) number.

Ensure that the passport is valid for a period of more than four years.  If the validity period of the passport or the travel document is less than four years, the holder will bear the cost of the replacement of both the passport and the LSP into the new passport.