SA women struggle to leave violence-hit Durban with Zim husbands

Durban - South African women are having trouble leaving the country with their Zimbabwean husbands who have been displaced by xenophobic violence in Durban, reports said on Thursday.

At least 10 South African women want to travel to Zimbabwe with their husbands but don’t have the right documents, said Isaac Moyo, Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa.

“The embassy was encountering challenges in cases where undocumented South African women were insisting on travelling to Zimbabwe with their husbands," the official Herald newspaper reported Moyo as saying.

"About 10 undocumented South African women were insisting on travelling with their husbands,” the paper added.

Moyo said that embassy officials were working with the South African authorities to document Zimbabweans who have taken refuge at the Chatsworth Displacement Camp in Durban.

“We met with South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister, Mr Malusi Gigaba and the premier for Kwazulu Natal Province to get an appreciation of their plans to arrest the volatile situation and assist the victims,” Moyo told the paper.

“We are very hopeful that a solution will be arrived at soon.”

Zimbabwe’s foreign minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi says that at least one Zimbabwean has died and a total of 800 have been displaced by xenophobic attacks in Durban.


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