Immigration Update 28/06/2023

SA Immigration News

The High Court has declared the Home Affairs decision to discontinue Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEPs), unconstitutional and invalid.

In 2021, the Home Affairs Minister announced that the ZEPs which was first introduced more than 10 years, ago, would be terminated. This prompted court challenges from various organisations and migrants in SA.

Today (28 June 2023), the court ruled in their favour, that proper public consultation did not take place prior to the decision being made.
The Home Affairs Minister has been directed to re-consider the issue “following a fair process” which complies with the relevant laws. Pending the outcome of this process, ZEPs will remain valid for a further 12 months, until 30 June 2024 and they have the protection of not being arrested or deported.

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