No extension for Zimbabwean exemption permit - Cabinet

No extension for Zimbabwean exemption permit - Cabinet

The Minster in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele has confirmedthe Zimbabwean exemption permit (ZEP) comes to an end on 31 December. 

Mondli Gungubele

Gungubele was briefing the media on Thursday morning on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.

“Following its deliberations, Cabinet decided to no longer issue extensions to the Zimbabwean special dispensations.”

However, Gungubele says cabinet has agreed on a 12-month grace period at the expiry of the current permit. 

“The first Zimbabwean special dispensation started in 2009 and was called the Dispensation for Zimbabwe Permit. It provided for the documentation of qualifying Zimbabweans for a five-year period.”

“In 2014, the dispensation was extended by three years and called the Zimbabwean Special Permit. The current ZEP was initiated in 2017 and comes to an end on 31 December 2021,” says Gungubele

He added that people those who are not successful in applying for other permits during the 12-month grace period will be deported.

“During this period, the holders of this permit should apply for other permits appropriate to their particular status or situation. At the expiry of this 12-month period, those who are not successful will have to leave South Africa or be deported.”


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