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SA banks threaten to freeze accounts of Zimbabwean Exemption Permit holders

SA banks threaten to freeze accounts of Zimbabwean Exemption Permit holders. One of the permit holders, who requested anonymity, said he received a notice from Capitec Bank informing him that his work permit is expected to expire and therefore he has to renew it in order to have an active bank account.

Some South African banks are threatening to freeze accounts of Special Zimbabweans Exemption Permit holders if they don’t provide new documents in January 2022.  The letter reads in part:

… Your work permit expires in January. Visit your nearest branch with your new permit to keep your account active … In a message posted on YouTube, Ngqabutho Mabhena, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa, said his organisation is engaging banks to ensure that ZEP holders’ accounts are not closed since all the permits expire at the end of this month. Mabhena said:

What we have already said is that we need to get clarity on whether the banks will not close down people’s accounts as a result of this 12-month grace period. Any government department will not refuse people entry or refuse to provide services to ZEP holders …

The South African government decided last Friday to discontinue the ZEP programme and give permit holders until December 31, 2022, to regularise their immigration status.

Source – Pindula News

In other news – President ED bodyguards assault Harare motorist

President ED bodyguards assault Harare motorist. The incident happened at the intersection of Seke and Cripps roads in Harare in the morning. The motorist, Malvern Samakande, was later detained at the Mbare police station on charges of obstructing the presidential motorcade.bodyguard

A 25-year-old motorist was on Saturday assaulted by soldiers who were part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s escort. Samakande was released after…Learn More.

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