Written by Nothando Radebe
Almost 250 000 Zimbabweans demand court to compel Home Affairs to grant them permanent residency in South Africa. Many Zimbabweans nationals are currently facing possible deportation as their special dispensation permits expire in a month's time.The Zimbabwean Exemption Permit Holders Association ,representing roughly 250 000 Zimbabweans in South Africa ,has asked the Gauteng High Court to declare them permanent residents ,as their Zimbabwe Exemption Permits expire in November 2021.They are also demanding thatthe court direct the Minister of Home Affairs to issue them with SA ID documents on the grounds that they are permanent residents of South Africa in terms of the Immigration Act read together with the Identification Act.They also want the court to review and set aside the decision by Home Affairs not to renew residency permits "knowing that the holders of the permit have known no other home besides South Africa for more than 10 years ".They say this decision by Home Affairs was irrational, unconscionable and unconstitutional ,according to the court papers .As they believe that they are entitled to enjoy the similar privileges as South Africans.
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