Response – 6th December 2023 – A Further Extension for ZEP and LEP holders… by Peter-John Pearson
On 1st December 2023 (ironically the same date marked the emancipation of slaves in the Cape in 1834) Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced an extension of the validity of the Lesotho Exemption Permit and the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit. The Lesotho permits were due to expire at the end of 2023 and affect somewhere in the region of 55 000 people. The Zimbabwe permits, which have over the past few years been the subject of several high profile court challenges, was due, thanks to a High Court decision, to expire on 28th June 2024. This permit affects about 178 000 people. In both cases, the permits will now expire on 29th November 2025.