Warning to illegal migrants

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The Department of Home Affairs has appealed to Lesotho nationals without permits to urgently report to nearby offices.

This comes after a number of the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) applicants reported that they have not yet received their permits. According to the department’s director general, Mkuseli Apleni, the department is currently processing received applications and the process is expected to conclude in March.

Apleni says any Lesotho citizen found in  South Africa post-March without a permit will then be regarded as an illegal migrant. Applicants who may have fraudulently obtained South African documents were urged to surrender to the Department’s offices and were granted amnesty letters which were valid until 31 December 2016.

Apleni says post March this year no migrant will be granted amnesty.

“Between now and March we will be giving people a chance to bring forward outstanding documents in their applications. Thereafter anyone who will not be able to submit any outstanding document will be regarded as illegal in the country, and then the process of deporting illegal people in our country will kick in” he said.

Apleni says the process of completing applications is almost done. He warns Lesotho nationals that by the end of March they should be in possession of valid permits otherwise they will be deported.

The Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) is a special dispensation for Lesotho nationals who are working, studying or running businesses in South Africa and have been in the country in such capacity before 30 September 2015.

Apleni says one of the requirements of the (LSP) applications is the Lesotho ID. Applicants must also be registered as part of the Lesotho National Population. Those applying for a business permit should have a document indicating a registered trade, and study permits applicants should be in possession of a registered confirmation letter, similar to working permit applicants. It is required that they have a confirmation letter from the employer.

Apleni warns that the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) will only be issued on the bases that the applicant has no criminal record.

Katleho Morapela/Courant News

katleho@centralmediagroup.co.za