Zimbabwe moves to repatriate citizens from South Africa

indafrica May 13, 2020
Updated 2020/05/13 at 4:49 PM

The Embassy of Zimbabwe says it has been inundated by distress calls from Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa who have asked to return home.

They say they can no longer sustain themselves in South Africa due to the lockdown.

In a statement on Wednesday, the embassy said it had provided permits for those who had their own means of transport back to Zimbabwe and have provided transport for those who do not.

“The embassy subsequently received plentiful distress calls from some Zimbabwean nationals who are in South Africa.

“The embassy was inundated with requests, varying from appeals for help with food supplies, pleas from Zimbabweans with their own means to travel back home, and petitions from Zimbabwean nationals in need of transportation back home.”

The embassy has organised travel permits for self-repatriation – those who are able to use their own transport to get back home.

It has also organised buses in collaboration with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to repatriate Zimbabweans.

“[M]any have since travelled back home, while others are still waiting for their travel permits.

“There are buses set to ferry Zimbabwean nationals back home, under the self-funded repatriation where the travellers pay for their own transportation,” the embassy said.

The buses abide by Covid-19 regulations to limit the number of passengers to 70% of the carrying capacity.

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