Over 180,000 Zimbabwe nationals living in South Africa have applied for official documentation to enable them to stay, work, study and run businesses legally in the country, the home affairs department said on Thursday.
Applications for the ZEP were opened in September 2017 after the Zimbabwe Special Zimbabwe (ZSP) expired.
"The ZEP intends to regulate the stay of Zimbabwe nationals in South Africa for work, study or legal business," said Makgola.
Of the 180,000 applications, 108,485 licenses were processed and collected, said Makgola.
Home issues take nine months to process licenses for Zimbabweans
Some Zimbabweans who have applied for their Zimbabwe Exemption Licenses (ZEP) are concerned about the slow progress that process their licenses.
In the meantime, there were 39,089 in the process of being collected or sent to the different collection offices, he added.
The department has encouraged 1,932 applicants who had passed passports to contact the Zimbabwe consulate as their application could not be processed.
Although this could be much relief, she still refuses to live Zimbabweans' permanent occupation in South Africa.
The department said that she had met the Zimbabwe Consular Consider who had been facilitating the passport applications of those who applied.
The ZEP came into force in January 2018, and will expire in December 2021.- Sowetan