South Africa announces moratorium on deportation of Lesotho immigrants

Lesotho immigrants living in South Africa without the right documents will no longer be deported from now until December 31, 2016, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Monday.


Lesotho immigrants can apply for the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) to regularise their stay in South Africa, the minister said on the Morning Live program of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).


Only those who were employed prior to the announcement of the LSP can apply for these new permits, Gigaba said.

The SA cabinet approved the LSP last November, with the aim of regularizing the stay of Lesotho nationals currently residing illegally in South Africa, some with fraudulently obtained SA documents, and others abusing the visa waiver between Lesotho and South Africa.

Applications for this new permit will be conducted at selected Home Affairs centres in nine provinces across the country.

The LSP is for Lesotho nationals who are working, studying or running businesses in SA without appropriate documentation, and have been in the country in such capacity before Sept. 30, 2015.

It’s estimated that over 400, 000 Lesotho nationals stand to benefit from this initiative. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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