People run out of a building due to a fire in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 16, 2020. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua)
People run out of a building due to a fire in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 16, 2020. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua)

The Zambian government on Saturday began the process of repatriating its citizens stranded in South Africa.

The Zambian embassy in South Africa said it has facilitated for the return of 106 Zambians by bus while another 30 resident permit holders will travel by air.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Jackson Miti said the returnees were in South Africa after being caught up in the COVID-19 lockdown.

The embassy facilitated securing of travel permits from South African authorities to enable the Zambians to return home amid COVID-19 restrictions, according to a release.

The embassy, he said, will continue facilitating for the smooth exit of Zambians from South Africa by engaging authorities in that country. He thanked the South African government for the cooperation. Enditem

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