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200,000 Zimbabweans Working in South Africa Set to Lose jobs

  • VOA Staff

FILE - Zimbabwe's civil servants carry placards as they march during a protest in the streets of the capital Harare, Feb. 19, 2010.

Thousands of South African workers today celebrate the workers day in various gatherings across the country,

The fate of close to 200,000 Zimbabwean workers hangs in the balance in South Africa as their special permits expire within the next few months.

Some of the affected workers, whose Zimbabwe Special Permits expire at the end of December this year, say they may lose their jobs if the papers are not renewed.

If the documents expire, the Zimbabweans are expected to go back home to reapply for new permits.

Millions of Zimbabweans live in South Africa, some of them illegally, following the near-collapse of the country's economy.

Some ruling party members are already jostling for the succession of President Mugabe with one of them being allegedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and another by First Lady Grace Mugabe.

The two have distanced themselves from Team Lacoste and General 40, which are allegedly backing Mnangagwa and Mrs. Mugabe respectively.

Zanu PF promised to generate over 2 million jobs for Zimbabweans when it campaigned for votes in the 2013 general elections. Indications are that thousands of jobs have been lost following the re-election of Mr. Mugabe and his colleagues.

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