Statement from South African Home Office and the Cabinet – 1 August 2017

Statement on a cabinet meeting dated 1 August 2017

Cabinet approved that The Department of Home Affairs may re-open the re-application process for the current Zimbabwean Special Permit holders, under certain conditions. The initial Special Dispensation for Zimbabweans was approved in April 2009 to document Zimbabwean nationals who were in South Africa illegally.

Their permits expire on the 31 December 2017. The Minister of Home Affairs, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, will hold a separate briefing to explain the conditions and the process to be followed once the reapplication opens.