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Home Affairs grants amnesty to Basotho nationals living in SA illegally

The department is now encouraging Basotho nationals living in SA to apply for a special permit.

Picture: Chrsta Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Home Affairs Department has granted amnesty to Basotho nationals living in South Africa illegally and is now encouraging them to apply for a special permit.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba visited the Lesotho Special Permit Centre in Midrand yesterday.

According to the Lesotho population register of the 500,000 Basotho nationals in the country, only about 5,000 have successfully submitted their applications.

Department spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete says employers of workers have also been granted amnesty.

"The amnesty extends to those who came into the country from Lesotho without the necessary documents and also to the people that employ them. So the amnesty also covers those employers who might be concerned about that."

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