25 Zambian nationals have been deported back to Zambia from South Africa for various immigration offences.
The 25 were deported back to Zambia following a round-up operation which was conducted by that country’s Ministry of Home Affairs and were detained at Lindela Holding facilities in Krugersdorp West, Gauteng province.
According to the information made available to the Zambia High Commission in Pretoria, the deported Zambians were found with offences of overstaying in that country.
Others were found without immigration permits that allow them to stay or work in South Africa while others had finished saving their jail terms for criminal offences.
14 people have since been repatriated to Zambia by the South African government whilst 11 were given a grace period for self-repatriation.
South African authorities observed that Zambia was among the countries with the lowest number of her nationals that had offended immigrations laws as compared to other countries.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba says the Mission issued 14 gratis travel documents to some Zambians that needed help from the High Commission.
He said the Mission issued about 983 travel documents in 2018 to Zambian nationals that lost their passports or had overstayed.
Mr. Mwamba said the Mission is closely monitoring the welfare of its citizens to ensure that they do not come into conflict with that country’s laws.
He has since called on Zambians travelling to South Africa to follow the right procedure when travelling to avoid inconveniences.
This is contained in a statement issued by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa Naomi Nyawali