Blow to Home Affairs Minister as Supreme Court Rejects Appeal in ZEP Case

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi faced a setback in his legal battle as the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein dismissed his appeal regarding the termination of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP).

This decision follows the High Court of Pretoria’s ruling invalidating Motsoaledi’s December 2021 decision to terminate the ZEP, coupled with an interim interdict preventing the detention or deportation of permit holders.

Motsoaledi’s attempt to challenge the High Court’s judgment hit a roadblock as the SCA rejected his application for leave to appeal, imposing costs on him.

The court’s order cited the absence of reasonable prospects for success in an appeal, dealing a blow to Motsoaledi’s efforts.

The Minister had argued that the High Court’s rulings set a perilous precedent, yet the appellate court remained unconvinced, upholding the previous judgments.

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The SCA ordered Motsoaledi to pay the costs for the leave to appeal application.

As the legal battle continues, stakeholders and affected parties await clarity on the future of the ZEP and its implications for Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa.