‘99% of Zimbabwean permit applications adjudicated’

Malusi Gigaba says only 26,000 of the 198,000 approved permits must still be picked up from centres.

Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced more than 99 percent of all Zimbabwean special permit applications have been adjudicated and are now ready for collection.

The minister has given an update ahead of next month's deadline for all permits to be collected.

Gigaba says only 26,000 of the 198,000 approved permits must still be picked up from the centres.

"The feedback from Zimbabweans has been positive with many confirming an improved employment, business and social environment as well as the ease of financial transactions, medical treatments and other services."

The minister says the department will initiate its own review of the 12,000 rejected applications to ensure the integrity of the final decision.

"We've taken a proactive measure not to wait for people to appeal their rejection but we are viewing each one to ensure that we can determine whether no mistake has been made or prejudice suffered."