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Zimbabweans With Expired SA Permits Failing to Access Bank Accounts

FILE - Zimbabweans fill out application forms outside Immigration offices in Johannesburg.

Many Zimbabweans with expired South African permits say they are no longer accessing their bank accounts.

According to Ngqabutho Mabhena of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa, those who are affected were supposed to apply for new special permits by December 31st, 2014.

Mabhena VOA Studio 7 most banks are demanding new valid permits from those people who want to access their bank accounts.

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There was no comment from the bankers association and South African state officials. Banks normally demand valid identity documents from clients, a move meant to curb fraudulent activities.