Zimbabwean Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede has warned that the estimated 1.4 million Zimbabweans living illegally in South Africa are unlikely to have regularized their stay by the December 31 deadline set down by authorities in that country.
Speaking before Parliament's committee on defense and home affairs on Monday, Mudede said his office was unable to cope with demand for passports by Zimbabweans in South Africa who need a valid passport to apply for South African residency papers.
Mudede said that as of October 31 some 7,500 passports had been issued.
Elsewhere, the International Organization for Migration said it is preparing to support Zimbabwean migrants facing mass deportation from South Africa after yearend.
Ngqabutho Dube, secretary of the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara in South Africa, said South African authorities are not willing to compromise on the deadline following which deportations will resume.