Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Zimbabweans working in South Africa whose work permits expire in December will know of their fate on Thursday after Pretoria invited Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi for a meeting over the matter.An estimated 250 000 Zimbabweans were given work permits under a special dispensation by the South African government a few years ago.
Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Minister Mohadi said they had not received official correspondence from South Africa relating to the expiry of the permits.
He said the issue had drawn anxiety among ordinary Zimbabweans and the media, prompting him to seek audience with the South African authorities.
He said the South Africans agreed to meet him next Thursday.
“We as a ministry have not received any correspondence from the South African Government that our permits have expired,” he said.
“They have not communicated to us on those lines. It is through the media and other quarters that the permits are going to expire and they are not going to be renewed and that the dispensation that we have entered into with the South Africans is coming to an end.”
“Because we are pro-people, when we heard about that we decided to go and see the South Africans.”