Zimbabwean Exemption Permits holders relieved as South Africa extends validity by six months

South Africa has announced a six-month extension of the validity of Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP), granting holders additional time to apply for various visas and waivers available under the Immigration Act.

The extension comes in response to the imminent expiration of these permits, originally scheduled for June 30.

The decision to extend the validity period aims to provide Zimbabwean nationals residing and working in South Africa with an opportunity to explore alternative visa options or seek necessary waivers to continue their stay in the country.

Zimbabwean Exemption Permit holders are given the chance to pursue alternative legal avenues that align with their circumstances and objectives. This development recognizes the importance of maintaining a stable and regulated immigration system while taking into account the specific needs and contributions of the Zimbabwean community in South Africa.

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has confirmed the extension of the validity of Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP) until December 31.

In a statement obtained by Review and Mail, Dr Motsoaledi assured ZEP holders that during the next six months, they will be safeguarded from arrest, deportation, or any related actions under the Immigration Act due to the absence of a valid exemption certificate.

Dr Motsoaledi’s statement assures ZEP holders that they can continue to live and work in South Africa without the fear of legal consequences, solely based on their exemption permit status, until the end of the year.

The decision to extend the validity of the ZEP certificates underscores South Africa’s commitment to ensuring the fair and equitable treatment of Zimbabwean nationals and acknowledges their contributions to the country’s economy and society.

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