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South Africa: Home Affairs In Huge Court Victory In Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) Case

South Africa: Home Affairs In Huge Court Victory In Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) Case

South Africa’s Home Affairs have welcomed the withdrawal of an application to challenge a controversial ZEP policy being pursued by the ministry.

On Friday, it was confirmed that a legal attempt to stop the deportation of over 178 000 Zimbabweans had fallen flat, giving Minister Aaron Motsoaledi a huge boost. Reads the statement issued by Home Affairs:

The Department of Home Affairs welcomes the withdrawal of the application filed in court by African Amity NPC and Zimbabwe Permit Holders Association under case no. 51735/21 on 14 June 2022.

The matter involved the challenge in court of the decision of the Minister of Home Affairs not to extend the exemptions granted to Zimbabweans. Sense seems to have prevailed – and the department’s doors are always open for constructive engagement with Zimbabwean nationals.


The Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) was given to tens of thousands of Zimbabweans who fled the country over a decade ago.

They were welcomed in under the special ZEP route. However, Aaron Motsoaledi is determined on repealing this permit and wants all Zimbabweans on these visas to reapply for residency through Home Affairs. 

Protests and criticism have been rife since the policy was announced earlier this year. Zimbabweans were given a grace period of 12 months to get their paperwork in order. Otherwise, by the start of 2023, they could be deported for remaining in Mzansi illegally.


While there are likely to be more barriers for Motsoaledi and Home Affairs, another obstacle has been cleared, and the department will continue to try and enforce a policy that is rooted in hostility.

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getto yutti kumufombi 1 month ago

come home and register to vote

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Come home to vote for the mighty ZANU PF


Mwana waMambo 1 month ago

Vote zanu kudiiko? Kuvhotera mbavha nemhondi. Dai uri pedyo neni waona t shirt ya ed wako kuti iripai. Yakapfekwa nechimudhori kudzinga tsoko kugarden kwangu. Chizambia chitsikiro pa stoop padoor repachikwere chehuku. Enda unofa nezanu yako.

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Newe futi uchafa

Dhuterere 1 month ago

I think the South African government was given an ultimatum by their western counterparts since you call names to countries that boost their economy, they are being pushed to do that move

Mukadota 1 month ago

Zimbabweans must come back home and find a common solution to their problems. Hiding in South Africa won't solve problems back home. South Africans have every right to get rid of Zimbos. There are high levels of unemployment in that country. It's high time they focus on improving their own people. The idea of pursuing court action is ZANU funded. The old people's home is afraid of reprisals. Anyway, it won't work. When those millions eventually land in Zim around election time, ZANU shall feel the heat

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

I dont see anything wrong, if you don't belong go back where you came from.
Those who left because they dont like the ruling party should now take that opportunity to come and vote party of choice 😀


Chibhanguza 1 month ago

Ngavauye kumba

Comrade Gabarinocheka 1 month ago

Uhm! Interesting development this.
Am yet to hear from the AU ,SADC,EU and the UN Refugee Commission.
Could it be ,there are diplomatic negotiations going on far away from the public eye?
suffice to say we are awaiting developments regarding Helen Suzman Foundation litigation on the same matter.

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