The South African Department of Home Affairs (Interior) has\ reminded nationals of the neighbouring Kingdom of Lesotho that they only have until the end of this month to afpply for special permits to regularise their stay in South Africa.
The department said in a statement issued here Wednesday that it had accepted a request from the Lestho authorities to extend for three months for Basotho nationals who work, study or do business in South Africa to apply for the special permits, adding that the the three-month extension ends this month.
“It is for this reason that we have gone out to remind Basotho of the final countdown. This is in their best interest and in the interest of South Africans to whom they render services or with whom they do business,” the department added.
The total number of applications received online to date is 66,164. Of these, the number of applicants who made the necessary payment and booked appointments to visit Visa & Permit Facilitation Centres (VFS centres) to complete the process is 42,185 with 39,195 applications having gone through at VFS centres.
“Between now and end of September 2016, we will take applications without passports. But the applicants have until the end of December 2016 to present their valid passports. We are doing this because people had to travel back to Lesotho to get passports,” the department said.
Although more applications were expected, the Lesotho Special Permit project was still a big success, especially with regard to building the Lesotho national population register in the time this project was running, said the department.
Amnesty was granted to Basotho in possession of fraudulently acquired documentation, until 31 December 2016.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK