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Zimbabwean permits extension not due to lawsuits

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the extension for Zimbabwean exemption permits is not related to the series of lawsuits against the ministry.

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi revealed that the extension granted for Zimbabwean exemption permits is not related to the series of lawsuits against the ministry.

Motsoaledi announced the extension last week

Last week, Motsoaledi announced that the applications for the permits would be extended by six months. The news follows his initial announcement last year to not extend the exemption permits for Zimbabwean nationals.

The announcement in 2021 resulted in court action by civil organisations, reports EWN.

The court cases against the Ministry are still going ahead

Motsoaledi said during the Aubrey Masango Show that the court cases are still going ahead.

“Those court cases are still going ahead, by the way. We are sitting next month. These extensions, they are still going ahead and we are still preparing. Just today, my DG was sending an affidavit… there’s an exchange of affidavits and all that so, no, not at all. We are defending every inch of our decision, this one was the particular advice of the people who are going to do the work,” Motsoaledi said.

According to Motsoaledi, the advisory committee that recommended the six months extension revealed that the December deadline was impossible. The committee stated that the amount of work is quite large.

Motsoaledi explained that the cases against the ministry are still going ahead. Photo: GCIS /Flickr

Zimbabwe nationals can stay in SA a bit longer, Home Affairs decides

Previously, it was reported that the Department of Home Affairs has decided to extend the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP). This means that those that were meant to leave South Africa by December can stay a bit longer.

Zimbabweans were dreading spending Christmas in their home country as the Home Affairs Department was to put an end to the exemption permits. This meant that those from Zimbabwe who were in South Africa on this permit had to apply for other visas to allow them to remain in the country.

At least 20 000 Zimbabwe nationals who are in the country for economic reasons would be affected. But Zimbabweans can breathe a sigh of relief – at least for now. Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has extended this permit by another six months, said spokesperson Siya Qoza.

Source : The South African