Zimbabwean Exemption Permit to be discontinued

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Cabinet has decided on 24tNovember 2021 that Zimbabwean Exemption Permits will no longer be renewed, these permits allowed holders to work, study and conduct business in South Africa.

Permit holders will have a grace period of 12 months where they can apply for other types of permits, if they are unsuccessful, they will have to leave the country or face deportation.

Employers who employ employees with these permits should reasonably assist these employees to gain the correct working permit, where possible.

If their employees are unsuccessful an incapacity based on legal requirements must be followed as no foreign workers are allowed to be employed without a valid work permit.

There is a possibility that ZEP holders will be challenging Cabinet’s decision and seeking relief through the courts.

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Press Statement: Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEPs)

The Minister of Home Affairs is committed to affording affected Zimbabwean nationals another opportunity to apply for appropriate visas or waivers provided for in the Immigration Act. After careful consideration,