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SA Home Affairs Minister Orders Police Not To Arrest or Deport Zimbabweans With Special Exemption Permits

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SA Home Affairs Minister Orders Police Not To Arrest or Deport Zimbabweans With Special Exemption Permits
By Tim. E. NdoroLast updated Jan 8, 2022
SA Home Affairs Minister Orders Police Not To Arrest or Deport Zimbabweans With Special Exemption Permits

SA Home Affairs Minister Orders Police Not To Arrest or Deport Zimbabweans With Special Exemption Permits
Illegal immigrants being rounded up. [Image: Twitter]

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has ordered the police and other authorities not to detain, arrest or deport Zimbabweans who hold special exemption permits.

There has been general chaos and confusion after the South African government announced last year, that it would not be renewing the special permits issued to Zimbabwe nationals under the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) programme.

The SA government’s decision was met with dismay by close to 182,000 Zimbabweans who hold the permit. They have been given a year’s grace to migrate to other permits to allow them to stay in South Africa or leave the country.

South Africa has also stepped up its measures to deal with illegal immigrants, particularly those from Zimbabwe. The Home Affairs Department has set up a series of massive roadblocks near the Beitbridge border post to intercept undocumented Zimbabweans and other nationals entering the country illegally.

In a directive, the Home Affairs minister instructed that Special Zimbabweans Exemption Permits holders should not be arrested, detained, or deported.

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