The South African Department of Home Affairs issued an advisory Friday urging Zimbabweans who were granted permits under a special dispensation to collect their papers before September 30.

The Home Affairs also advised those who might have missed their appointments for collection and those wanting to know the status of their applications to visit the nearest VSF Global Center anytime from Monday through Saturday.

Permits which are not collected by the set date will be returned to the department, the advisory said.

More than 200,000 Zimbabweans applied for permits but authorities have yet to issue a statistical breakdown of how many permits were granted, or denied.

Chairman Ngqabutho Mabhena of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa told VOA failing to comply with the Home Affairs directive might complicate things for applicants.

Ntungamili Nkomo - VOA Zimbabwe