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S. Africa Says Banks to Keep Zimbabweans Accounts Open

  • Human rights groups plan legal challenge against decision
  • Zimbabweans moved south after economic collapse, repression
Refugees and asylum seekers of different nationalities, such as Zimbabweans and Congolese, at a refugee camp in Musina, South Africa, on the Zimbabwe border in 2019. 

Refugees and asylum seekers of different nationalities, such as Zimbabweans and Congolese, at a refugee camp in Musina, South Africa, on the Zimbabwe border in 2019. 

Photographer: Luca Sola/AFP/Getty Images
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South Africa withdrew a circular that prompted banks to threaten to close the accounts of a category of Zimbabwean immigrants who have a permit to live and work in the country from Jan. 1.

The circular sent to banks was withdrawn because it created confusion, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in an interview on Monday. Permit holders still have the right to stay in the country for another 12 months and should therefore have access to their accounts, he said.