Articles about Zimbabwean Special Permits and Zimbabwe Exemption Permits

Two-year extension for Zimbabwe and Lesotho permit holders

New permits to be issued to the approximately 233,000 existing permit holders


Brief | 1 December 2023

Zimbabwe permit application dismissed: no need for it, say judges

Permit holders protected until at least June 2024


Law | 7 November 2023

Helen Suzman Foundation goes to court to “avert human catastrophe”

The organisation wants an execution order that will protect Zimbabwean Exemption Permit holders


Law | 27 October 2023

Motsoaledi to apply for leave to appeal ZEP rulings

Over 178,000 Zimbabweans in South Africa have the special permit allowing them to live and work in the country


Law | 30 June 2023

Termination of Zimbabwean Exemption Permit declared unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid

Full bench of Pretoria High Court directs Home Affairs minister to conduct a fair process in reconsidering the end of the permits


Law | 28 June 2023

Home Affairs extends validity of Zimbabwean permits by another six months

Zimbabwean Exemption Permits will now expire in December


News | 8 June 2023

Judgment reserved in case to decide future of Zimbabweans in South Africa

State asks for ZEPHA’s case to be dismissed with costs


Law | 14 April 2023

Zimbabwean Exemption Permit: Minister acted outside his powers, court told

“We are sleepwalking into a catastrophe”, says lawyer for Zimbabwe Immigrants Forum


Law | 13 April 2023

ZEP: no rights were taken away, Home Affairs’ lawyers tell court

“Government is free to change the policy”


Law | 12 April 2023

Helen Suzman Foundation slams Home Affairs’ decision to terminate ZEP system

The Foundation is among several groups in court challenging the decision by Minister Aaron Motsoaledi


Law | 11 April 2023

I left Zimbabwe to live in South Africa. I want to go back. This is why it’s hard.

I have supported my family by working legally in South Africa


Opinion | 27 March 2023

Operation Dudula and other latecomers to the ZEP litigation are muddying the waters

The court challenge to the termination of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit will be heard in April


Opinion | 15 February 2023

Here’s what the Zimbabwean embassy says about the expiry of the ZEP

The ambassador encouraged voluntary repatriation. But he also criticised the way Zimbabweans are being denied public services in South Africa.


News | 3 February 2023

Court battle over Zimbabwe permits set for April

“How can I be in a country where I came as a minor and be expected to pack my bags to go to Zimbabwe?”


News | 27 January 2023

Zimbabwean parents worried about learners’ move from schools in South Africa

There is still no clear plan for how the governments will help families voluntarily returning to Zimbabwe


News | 14 December 2022

Bleak future for Zimbabwean families depending on breadwinners in South Africa

Remittances to Zimbabwe in jeopardy if relatives lose the right to work legally in SA


News | 28 September 2022