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South Africa: HSF Receives Threats For Challenging Termination Of Zimbabwe Exemption Permits

South Africa: HSF Receives Threats For Challenging Termination Of Zimbabwe Exemption Permits

The executive director of the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) says they have received “alarming” threats following the foundation’s announcement that it was challenging South Africa’s termination of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP).

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi terminated the ZEP, which ended on 31 December 2021 saying it will not be extended and the country’s cabinet supported the decision.

Those with a permit have a 12-month grace period to either apply for another type of permit or leave.

Nicole Fritz told News24 on Friday that “… attempts to intimidate and harass us is alarming and scary”.

The foundation had already filed court papers.

Fritz, who also raised the issue of threats on her Twitter account, said the responses they’ve received pointed to how “frightening it must be to be a migrant in South Africa at this point in time”. HSF said in a statement that:

It is not the position of HSF that those migrants who are in South Africa unlawfully should be entitled to remain, nor even that the ZEP must continue in perpetuity.

Rather, our position is that those who have scrupulously observed South Africa’s laws in order to live and work here, under the ZEP, cannot have such permits terminated without fair process, good reason and a meaningful opportunity to regularise their status. It is what our constitutional order demands.

When South Africa made the decision not to renew the ZEP in November 2021, Zimbabweans and rights groups, approached the court on an urgent basis but they were unsuccessful.

Fritz emphasised that the 178 000 Zimbabwean exemption permit holders had been in the country lawfully and had been observing the laws of the country.

South Africans have been calling for the deportation of foreigners whom they said were worsening the unemployment crisis and poverty amongst local citizens.

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12 Comments

Tariro 1 week ago

Vazhinji mukushandira kudya chikafu back home home no development isu zviome zvirwadze at least tane mastructures takafa nhasi vana vane pekutangira most of you mukusouth hamuna anything of your name kumusha guys be serous home is best.Mofira ****u here remember you are ageing pamunodzoka tongokuisaiwo muverandah


Chawabvunza 1 week ago

Helen Suzman Foundation must not chicken out. It must go ahead and challenge the cancelling of Zimbabwe Exemption Permits [ ZEP ]. However if their permits are cancelled they must come back home in double quick time to register and cast their votes in the Harmonised Elections. Let me hasten to remind the South Africans that some of those Zimbabweans on ZEP are holding high positions in South African companies. Therefore:

VANOURAYA UPFUMI HWAVO NDIVO VENE VAHWO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


napiri 1 week ago

Garai kujoza kwenyu ikoko .kana machembera muchadzoka henyu tichaona kuti muchanogara kumba kwani.


aaa 1 week ago

haiwawo ndonews dzekunyepa idzi...isu togarako kujoza zvakanaka...tisina madocuments acho...and hatidzoke kuzim nekuda kwedudula...garai mega kuzim makapusa...kujoza tigere zvakanaka isu...totoshamisika nenews dzemuzimbabwe idzi...togara kuno kusvika zvanaka...hatiuyiko kunhamo ukoo


Mazibeka 1 week ago

Iwe Lux ndakagara ndazviona kuti wakagadzirwa kunobva sipo Lux. Msoro wako autre mushe wakafoira kuschool you now think if you chase zimbos you will get their jobs.


Mazibeka 1 week ago

Big scam you indeed are scam. Home sweethome indeed. What is sweet about this country? Iam only here because I have no where to go not because this is sweet. Garai henyu ikoko imi. Zvirinani kuva Miranda munyika isiriyako paneku a muranda in your country. In s. A food is cheap unlike here. Garai muchengetedze hutanho, hwakakosha


Mazibeka 1 week ago

Big scam you indeed are scam. Home sweethome indeed. What is sweet about this country? Iam only here because I have no where to go not because this is sweet. Garai henyu ikoko imi. Zvirinani kuva Miranda munyika isiriyako paneku a muranda in your country. In s. A food is cheap unlike here. Garai muchengetedze hutanho, hwakakosha


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bigsam 1 week ago

yaa come back home team....there is no place like home....home sweet home


Cde Lux 1 week ago

We are ready to Dudula every foreigner here in our mother land. We have had you for too long. We don't hate you africans, chasing you out of SA is necessary so that we can then face the real challenges which our NCA gvt has brought afore since our independence. For now go back home sort your papers and sort VOTE wisely to regain your true independence from the despotic Zanu Pf. Our NCA here has grossly mismanaged our country just like what your Zanu pf has done to Zim our former bread basket of Africa. So let's unite in this big fights against these 2 government, you fighting in your own land and us here. Then we can still visit each other after removing these 2 devilish gvts. Go home join your brothers and sisters in the big fight against Zanu pf. It's not good that you work here in SA as gardeners and maids, you have had nice industries in Zim which need resuscitation by you only you and for yourselves. Thank you.


Zvimbazi 1 week ago

Ed my Everything.
He is my King.
First lady My Vote.
King Ed i salut3 you. You fought for this country . Respect and Glory belongs to you.


Cde Lux 1 week ago

Keep on supporting him there and we Dudula your brothers and sisters here. The man you give your support is the reason why your country is now at its knees like that. He has impoverished you and your hildren but you still worship that devil. Even our own ANC has become a big problem because of Zanu Pf which jut like ANC calls themselves "revolutionary parties". Africans let's work up lest poverty will Dudula us day and night.

Tariro 1 week ago

Come back home Mukuda kudzoka mazvitunha here? .Chisi chako masimba mashoma



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