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Lesotho nationals living in SA without documents warned to obtain permits

Lesotho nationals have been urged to apply for a special permit before the end of June.

A general view of Lesotho’s capital Maseru. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has issued an appeal to Lesotho nationals living in South Africa without proper documents to apply for a special permit before the end of June.

Minister Jeff Radebe says the permit is a special dispensation for Lesotho nationals working, studying or running businesses in South Africa since before 30 September 2015, but who are undocumented or have illegal or expired documents.

"Lesotho applicants who fraudulently obtained South African documents are advised to surrender them to Home Affairs so as to obtain an amnesty letter."

Radebe says the amnesty will expire at the end of the year, when a moratorium on the deportations is also scheduled to end.

"This amnesty will expire on 31 December, 2016. Employers of Lesotho nationals should also take advantage of this permit."