SHORTAGE OF PASSPORTS DOES NOT AFFECT LSP APPLICATIONS-ADV.
The Minister of Home Affairs, Advocate Lekhetho Rakuoane says shortage
of a 32 page regular passport does not make a difference with regard to
applications for Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) as it is issued after two
to three months.
This he said in interview with LENA, following rumors that some of the
Basotho nationals who illegally work, study and do business in South
Africa (SA) are worried that they might not be able to apply for LSP if
they do not have passports.
Advocate Rakuoane told LENA in an interview that there is a shortage of
the 32 page passport in the storage, however said this will not affect
LSP application process since applicants only need a birth certificate
and an Identity document (ID) to
apply for LSP which he said is issued after two to three months.
He therefore urged those who might not afford to pay for a 64 page
passport to wait until the 32 page passport is available, indicating
that the Ministry is striving to ensure that it is available after
Adv. Rakuoane however said the Ministry is currently issuing a 32 page
passport for children while adults are encouraged to take 64 page
passport since there is a shortage of 32 page passport in the storage.
Meanwhile, new LSP offices will be opened at some ports of entry in the
country from Wednesday of 14 December so to continue with LSP
registrations until the closing date which is December 31, 2016.
LENA has learnt that in cases where LSP applicants
do not have a passport or an identity document, they are allowed to
apply with a birth certificate and deposit a payment of M970 at any
Lesotho Standard Bank using an identity number that appears on the birth
certificate as reference number.
Source: LENA 12/12/2016