EDITORIAL | SA should give ZEP holders more time to submit applications
It also remains to be seen whether home affairs will be able to cope with the paperwork
The South African government's decision to do away with the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) has been criticised by some who say it could have handled the situation better.
The decision by the cabinet could see scores of Zimbabweans living and working in SA having no option but to return home should they not secure work permits or other relevant documents within 12 months from December 31.
Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the exemption permits, first issued in 2009, saw Zimbabweans excluded from requirements of the immigration or refugee acts. He said the ZEP was put in place to deal with a large influx of Zimbabweans who came to SA in the democratic dispensation. The hope was that once the political situation under then Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe improved, many would return home...