Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi has taken a stand at the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) for launching a court case against its decision not to extend the exemptions for Zimbabweans living in South Africa.
He said he and its department will vigorously defend “the lawful, reasonable and rational decision” to revoke Zimbabwe’s exemption. Zimbabweans who hold the permit have been given a grace period of 12 months to switch to other permits.
“The Minister’s door is always open to constructive engagement, rather than wasting ever-dwindling government resources on unnecessary court cases to defend,” the department said on Tuesday.
“The minister hopes that common sense will prevail and that the HSF will choose to engage rather than launch a bogus legal process that will only lead to further tensions between citizens and foreigners.
“If the HSF has the interests of Africans on the continent at heart, the Minister expects that it will play its constructive role in assisting affected Zimbabwean nationals in applying for one or the other.” visa that is foreseen in the Immigration Service Act.”
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