The Minister of Home Affairs (SA) threatens ZEP holders

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi stated that those with expired Zimbabwean exemption permits (ZEPs) who fail to seek to enter the nation legitimately may face sanctions if they continue to reside in South Africa after the grace period expires.

When Motsoaledi stood before parliament on Tuesday to give an update on the current ZEP process, he said this.

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He stated:

They are in control of the situation, not the government. They will be dealt with in the same manner as someone who entered the country illegally and overstayed their welcome. There are consequences for it.

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Motsoaledi explained that there are two applications the Department of Home Affairs is expecting from expired Zimbabwean exemption permit (ZEP) holders. He said:

There are two applications we are expecting from Zimbabweans, namely the visa in terms of the Immigration Act and an application for a waiver where an applicant may say these are their circumstances and they ask for a waiver from what the government has directed them to do.

We realised that work needed experts because it is a special dispensation, so I appointed a team of six, including three officials who were dealing with the reviewing of permits and three senior councils from the private sector.

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They have had several meetings to outline how the work is going to be done so there is a common understanding and they follow similar standards when they start working.

Motsoaledi insisted that the South African government was not targetting Zimbabweans. He said:

I know people say we are only targeting Zimbabweans, but the Basotho permit is expiring at the end of December 2023.

The Zimbabwean permits expired in December 2021. This is because they were issued at different times.

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