Minister Aaron Motsoaledi Plans to Challenge High Court Ruling on ZEP, Mzansi Cheers: “Like the Sound of That”

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi Plans to Challenge High Court Ruling on ZEP, Mzansi Cheers: “Like the Sound of That”

  • The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, plans to appeal the Pretoria High Court's decision
  • The minister is adamant that his department's decision to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit was correct and not invalid
  • Many South Africans are happy the minister is challenging the court ruling, while others feel the minister will lose the appeal

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JOHANNESBURG - The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, is confident in his decision to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP).

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi at the engagement with the freight, logistics and trucking industry
Minister Aaron Motsoaledi feels he has a strong reason to appeal the Pretoria High Court's decision on Zimbabwean Exemption Permits. Images: Frennie Shivambu & NatanaelGinting
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This comes after a full panel of judges at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that the termination of the special permits was unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid.

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Speaking to SABC News, Motsoaledi's spokesperson, Siya Qoza, stated the minister believes he has solid ground to appeal the court ruling.

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Motsoaledi is adamant that the decision to terminate ZEP was correct and took into consideration all the interests, including the rights of children.

The high court served an interim interdict which states ZEP holders cannot be arrested or deported. The court also stated that the minister did not follow the right process when he came to the decision to terminate the special permits.

According to IOL, the minister is unsure why the high court issued a directive saying that ZEP holders should not be deported or detained because Motsoaledi never threatened to deport Zimbabweans.

Qoza added that the minister's latest immigration directive stated that no ZEP holder would get deported and would continue to enjoy freedom of movement between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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@DeeMongezi said:

"He's wasting time. Beneficiaries of cheap labour are in charge of everything in this country. And their icebox Cyril is leading the pack."

@ncikaothandweni said:

"Well the move by the minister is plausible but chances of another court coming to a different outcome might be nil based on his counter arguments and the judgement pronounced by the bench but I'm no lawyer."


"May you win our Minister we are behind you. Just go to a different court."

@MotlhankaWilfr1 said"

"Something is awfully wrong with his legal team. Absolutely no way they keep losing cases to minuscule entities like NGOs. Never."

@Bhekabk said:

"I like the sound of that. We can't allow those captured judges to finish off our country."

@SiveXaluva said:

"Motsoaledi needs support from South Africans."

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Briefly News previously reported that the Zimbabwean Immigration Federation (ZIF) has welcomed the Department of Home Affairs' decision to extend the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit grace period until 2023.

While the federation is happy that a six-month extension has been granted, ZIF stated that it is not enough.

ZIP's Luke Dzviti emphasised that the same issues faced by Zimbabwean nationals will still come up next year because the department has not changed the conditions.

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Lebogang Mashego (Current Affairs HOD) Lebogang Mashego runs the Current Affairs desk. She joined the Briefly News team in 2021. She has 6 years of experience in the journalism field. Her journalism career started while studying at Rhodes University, where she worked for the Oppidan Press for 3 years. She worked as a lifestyle writer and editor at W24 and Opera News. She graduated with a BA degree majoring in Journalism and Media Studies in 2017. She's a recipient of the INMA Elevate Scholarship. Email:

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