Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has lashed out at the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) for challenging his decision in court to not extend exemptions provided to Zimbabweans living in South Africa. Motsoaledi's decision was to not extend the exemptions. He made the statement that he and his agency "would strongly defend the legitimate, reasonable, and pragmatic decision" to revoke the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit. Those Zimbabweans who were granted the permission were given a grace period of one year during which they might switch to another type of permit.
Instead of wasting ever-shrinking government resources to fight frivolous legal challenges, the department stated on Tuesday that the minister's door is always open for constructive engagement. "The minister's door is always open for constructive engagement," "The minister is hopeful that common sense will prevail and that the HSF will choose engagement rather than embarking on a frivolous court case that can only lead to increased tensions between citizens and foreign nationals," the minister said. If the HSF truly cares about the welfare of Africans living on the African continent, the minister anticipates that it will fulfil its ministerial responsibilities by "playing its constructive role in helping the affected Zimbabwean foreigners to apply for one or the other visas offered for in the Immigration Act."
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