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Zimbabwe flagMoneyweb reports that hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans in SA under so-called Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEPs) were granted a reprieve on Monday when the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) unexpectedly withdrew a directive it issued last month requiring them to apply for what it had called “mainstream” visas.

The DHA directive issued on 29 November gave permit holders until 31 December to apply for alternative visas – an impossibility given the six weeks it would have taken to get the required clearance certificate from both SA and Zimbabwean police. This would have required visa applicants to return to Zimbabwe and be faced with not being allowed to return to SA after the Christmas break. The 10-day quarantine period in force in Zimbabwe would have prevented permit holders from obtaining police clearance before the expiry of the ZEP at the end of December. News of the change of heart by the DHA came as the ZEP Holders Association and non-profit organisation African Amity brought an urgent application before the High Court in Johannesburg challenging the decision not to renew the permits. Advocate Simba Chitando, representing the applicants, said the court case would go ahead on Tuesday. “We will continue until ZEP holders get permanent residence permits,” he indicated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ciaran Ryan at Moneyweb
  • Read too, State withdraws contested directive on holders of Zimbabwean special visa, at BusinessLive


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