The decision by the ministry not to renew the permits has been met with resistance by some quarters.
The Helen Suzman Foundation launched a a court action against his decision not to extend exemptions granted to Zimbabweans living in SA.
Motsoaledi went on to say that he and his department “will vigorously defend the lawful, reasonable and rational decision” to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit. Zimbabweans who hold the permit were given a grace period of 12 months to migrate to other permits.
Motsoaledi assessments that his door was always open for constructive engagememt rather than waste state resources in court.
Thousands of Zimbabweans have it difficult to acquire other work permits.
This has prompted many to attack the department of Home Affairs saying their decision will affect many livelihoods.
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