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The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Advocate Borenahabokhethe Sekonyela has appealed to Basotho nationals who did not complete Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) application process to present the remaining documents before March 31.

He made this call at a press conference held in Maseru on Tuesday.

Adv. Sekonyela said such documents should be presented at Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) in Midrand, Bruma, Bloemfontein, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, Kimberly, Polokwane, Nelspruit and George.

He emphasised need for applicants to present the remaining documents before the above mentioned date as their applications would lapse and might face deportation.

He said the LSP is important as Basotho are abused when working in South Africa illegally and end up being victims of human trafficking.

He said they have realised that most Basotho nationals failed to apply for LSP due to different reasons which include among others, failure to present letters from employers, technical problems, and failure to apply online on their own due to illiteracy.

However he said they will make follow-ups to ensure that employers write required letters for employees who are already in the system.

Meanwhile, in his statement that was delivered in December last year, the South African Department of Home Affairs Director General, Mr. Mkuseli Apleni indicated that from January 1 this year, all Basotho nationals who have paid but have not completed the LSP application process by end of March will face deportation and this will also apply to those who did not make any attempt to regularise their stay in South Africa.

Source: LENA 21/02/2017

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