SA High Court declares termination of ZEPs unconstitutional

The South African High Court has declared the termination of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) unlawful and unconstitutional.

This comes after the Helen Suzman foundation filed papers seeking an interdict against Home Affairs minister Motsoaledi from arresting, detaining or deporting anyone without valid ZEPs.

Handing down the ruling on Wednesday, judges Colleen Collis, Gcina Malindi and Mandlenkosi Motha said the minister has to reconsider the issue “following a fair process” that complies with the relevant laws.

“You can’t arrest, detain or deport Zimbabweans without valid Zimbabwean Exemption Permits,” ruled the court.