In a significant development for holders of Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP) and Lesotho Exemption Permits (LEP), Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the issuance of new permits, allowing them to stay in the country until the end of 2025. Additionally, Minister Motsoaledi is extending the validity of their existing permits until the conclusion of 2024, according to EWN.
The announcement relieves ZEP and LEP holders, whose permits were initially set to expire at the end of this year. Due to ongoing legal proceedings between the minister and the Helen Suzman Foundation, the validity of ZEPs has already been extended to June 2024. Minister Motsoaledi communicated this decision to grant new permits and provide extensions during a press briefing on Friday.
For those who have applied for waivers or other visas, there is no need to reapply for new permits, as their status remains protected until a decision is reached. However, individuals not applying for waivers are advised to approach VFS Global to initiate a new application process. Minister Motsoaledi emphasised the window of opportunity for affected Lesotho and Zimbabwean nationals to apply for new exemption permits through VFS Global.
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