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Breaking: 250 000 Zimbabweans took the South African government to court, demanding to be citizens

The holders of Zimbabweans Exemption Permits holders might have taken a wrong turn after their lawyers announced that they are taking the South African government to court, demanding to become citizens. According to reports, About 250 000 Zimbabweans have asked the High Court to declare them permanent SA residents. This follows the expiry of their Zimbabwe Exemption Permits. They’re asking the court to direct the Minister of Home Affairs to issue them with SA ID documents.

The lawyer Advocate Simba Chitanho has submitted the application which will see 250 000 Zimbabweans who are currently holders of ZEP becoming South African citizens. He argues that the holders have been in the country for more than 10 years hence they qualify to become South African residence and must be issued with ID.

South African government found itself in this quagmire after they renew these permits twice and now they are set to expire at the end of November 2021. The move to take the government to court is likely going to backfire as it's going to put the government under the spotlight not to renew these permits in December.


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