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"We Haven't Withdrawn Application Against South Africa's ZEP Decision" - ZEPHA

The Lawyer representing the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Holders Association, Simba Chitando, says the association has not withdrawn its application which challenges a controversial ZEP policy being pursued by South Africa.

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is seeking the halting of granting of permits to Zimbabweans who have been holding such permits for more than a decade now, though in various forms.

The ZEPs expired last year and were extended for a year to allow Zimbabweans to apply for other permits to continue to stay in South Africa.

ZEPHA has described South Africa’s decision to terminate the permits as the biggest fraud by an African government against Africans from neighbouring countries.

Chitando said the only party that had withdrawn its case was African Amity NPC and this was because of intimidation.

His remarks come after the Home Affairs Ministry on Friday issued a statement suggesting that the legal attempt to stop the deportation of over 178 000 Zimbabweans had fallen flat. Reads the statement: 

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. 

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6 Comments

Mukadota 1 month ago

ZANU association. Kutadza kugadzira nyika. Kuda kumiririra vanhu kunze. Nonsense


Wekunyanya 1 month ago

If it was possible all diasporans shud come bek so that we deal with Zanu pf once & for all.
ED Out


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

VarikuDiaspora ngavagare ikoko, nyika haina mari yekutenga fuel, wheat, magetsi nechibage che3 million more pple


Mafirakureva 1 month ago

Forward Ever!Props to ZEPHA!
Africa for Africans!
Down with Afrophobia!
The litigation withdrawal smells suspcious!
Imtimidatory & coercive!


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

It looks as if Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has a bone to grind with Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Holders Association. He seemed to have jumped up into the air when he falsely learned that the two organisations which had dragged him to court had withdrawn their court cases. ZEPHA announced today that it had not withdrawn it case. I had long back emplored the case to be handled at presidency level. My suggestion fell on deaf ears. Nobody listened. If the guys are deported from South Africa, they should come back home, register to vote and vote in favour of real change of issues to do with governance.

CITIZENS WANT REAL CHANGE AND NOT PSEUDO CHANGE.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


Jah 1 week ago

No structured what movement.
A vehicle with no wheels .
Will never reach destination.CCC



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