These Zimbabweans have lived in the country for over 10 years. Simba Chitando who is one of the Lawyers representing the group say the delay is now threatening not only jobs but livelihoods.
“There is a wide connection between the two nations-as families and individuals of Zimbabweans.
This matter puts strain on families. The ZEP is limited to the holder. You have a situation where a South African spouse is affected by the fact that their husband or wife is on the ZEP and that puts a stain on their relationship.”
One of the applicants in court case says the South African Department of Home Affairs dragging its feet on the matter opens a gap for the exploitation of Zimbabweans.
“The South African government has seen it fit to offer permanent residents to other nationals such as the Germans and British not to their neighbours Zimbabwe. ”
The fate of the thousands of Zimbabweans will only be revealed in December this year when the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits will expire. Africa News