The government has extended the Zimbabwean waiver ( ZEP) for Zimbabwean nationals until the end of this year.
This is despite the interior minister Aaron Motsoaledi recently denied that the government would extend the grace period for Zimbabweans working in the country to migrate to other visas before the December 31, 2021 deadline. < / p>
On Thursday the cabinet announced that it had decided to grant the grace period.
“During this period, the holders of this permit should apply for other permits that correspond to their particular status or situation. This decision was motivated by our desire to ensure that eligible Zimbabweans can arrange their stay in South Africa. We appeal to the holders of this permit to use the 12 months to legalize their status in South Africa. “
A government release signed on December 31st was released on Friday.
It will essentially give Zimbabweans an additional 12 months (through December 31, 2022) to obtain other visas for legal residence in South Africa.
Almost 180,000 Zimbabweans have the permit, first issued in 2009, which they exempted from the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Act.
< p> Motsoaledi previously said the ZEP was set up to cope with a large influx of Zimbabweans who came to the SA as part of the democratic dispensation. The hope was that many would return home as soon as the political situation under the then President Robert Mugabe had improved.