Home Affairs extends deadline for new Zimbabwe Exemption Permit
Zimbabweans have grace until 2021
The current deadline for the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project (ZDP) has been pushed back to 2021.
In 2010, under the conditions of the ZDP amnesty was offered to Zimbabweans who had been living in the country with fraudulent documents. In addition a total of 242 731 Zimbabweans were granted their ZDP with the help of the South African Department of Home Affairs who waived fees and the need for certain supporting documents, including passports.
Seven years ago it was reiterated that the expiration date of the ZDP is 31 December 2014 but this date was extended to 31 December 2017. With slow visa processing times not all Zimbabweans will have their South African visas before the deadline is reached which would mean a mass deportation of Zimbabweans.