As many as 1,5-million Zimbabweans may be in SA, according to Wits University. Most of them had entered illegally because of political violence and a recession in their country. According to Department of Home Affairs, Home Affairs is to resume deporting Zimbabweans after an amnesty that allowed the refugees to apply to legalise their status in SA ended. More than 255 000 applied to legalise in their stay before the December 31 deadline. For those who have not, “the procedure should be to deport these individuals as illegal foreign nationals”, reads a home affairs document.