Two days ago Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi revealed that his department had extended the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits till June 2023.

The permits are due to expire on the 31st of December 2022.

South Africans have rejected Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s decision to extend Zimbabwe Exemption Permits.

Mastimpa Ngobese started the petition challenging the six months extension granted to ZEP holders.


Ngobese said amid the immigration crisis faced by South Africa, the ANC government has chosen Zimbabweans over South Africans.

“This decision is negatively affecting our health system, unemployment rate and our scarce resources. We, as citizens reject the extension of ZEP permits until 30 June 2023. We reject the decision in its entirety and we will use all viable legal methods to fight”

More than 1700 out of the 2500 targeted have signed the petition challenging the government’s decision.

See below.