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SA Cancels Zim Special Permits, Holders Given 12-Month Grace Period – New

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The Citizen

MINISTER in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele on Thursday confirmed that Cabinet has taken a decision not to renew the Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permits (ZSPs).

During a media briefing on the outcomes of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Gungubele said Cabinet decided to no longer issue extensions with the Special Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) set to end on 31 December this year.

“Cabinet considered the much talked about ZEP and also noted the fake news being spread on these permits. The first Zimbabwean special dispensation started in 2009 and was called the Dispensation for Zimbabwe Permit.

“It provided for the documentation of qualifying Zimbabweans for a five-year period. In 2014, the dispensation was extended by three years and called the Zimbabwean Special Permit.

“The current ZEP was initiated in 2017 and comes to an end on 31 December 2021. Following its deliberations, Cabinet decided to no longer issue extensions to the Zimbabwean special dispensations,” the Minister said.

However, Gungubele said Cabinet decided on a 12-month grace period at the expiry of the current ZEP.

The Minister added that the holders of this permit should apply for “other permits appropriate to their particular status or situation” in the grace period.

“At the expiry of this 12-month period, those who are not successful will have to leave South Africa or be deported,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit Holders Association has revealed that more than 250 000 Zimbabweans have asked the courts to declare them permanent SA residents, following the expiry of their ZEPs.

Permit evolution

In April 2009, Cabinet approved what was known as the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project (DZP), allowing permit holders to work, conduct business and study in South Africa.

According to Home Affairs, 295,000 Zimbabweans applied for the permit and just over 245,000 were issued.

This was an attempt to regularise the residence status of those Zimbabweans residing illegally in South Africa due to political and economic instability at home.

Those permits began expiring in December 2014, prompting Home Affairs to introduce a new permit scheme, the ZSPs, which were valid for three years.

Nearly 198,000 ZSPs were issued, according to the Department of Home Affairs. When the ZSPs expired in 2017, they were replaced by ZEPs.

These permits, like their predecessor, allowed Zimbabweans to work, study and conduct business in South Africa, but were not renewable and did not entitle the holder to apply for permanent residence.

According to papers before the court, these permits were issued in terms of Section 31 of the Immigration Act, which allows the Minister of Home Affairs to grant foreigners the rights of permanent residence for a “specified or unspecified period when special circumstances exist” that justify the decision.

The applicants in the case say the ZEP is a permanent residence permit valid for a specific period of time as allowed by the Immigration Act, and that they are therefore entitled to ID documents.

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Breaking news: India’s 3rd Omicron case is Gujarat man who recently returned from Zimbabwe, reports ANI – Hindustan Times


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Kadoma Housing Saga: Court Declares Couple's Company 'Non-Existent' – New

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By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent

THE Supreme Court has upheld the High Court’s decision declaring Balwearie Holdings registered under company number 45/77 as non-existent following its dissolution.

The dissolved entity’s directors Zane Patrick Heyns and Elizabeth Heyns were holding onto the name, thereby disturbing the legitimate business operations of bona-fide Balwearie Holdings, who are the directors of Sabonabona housing development project in Kadoma.

The Heyns forged CR14 documents misrepresenting they were directors of Balwearie Holdings in a bid to have locus standi, but the documents were discovered to be fraudulent.

The led to the arrest on fraud charges of Phillip Danga of Philjoy Secretarial Services who drafted them.

Danga’s matter is still pending at the magistrates’ court.

Based on the misrepresentation, the Heyns attempted to evict scores of property owners from the 97 hectare Kadoma property, a move which, however, hit a snag.

The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, Justice Hlekani Mwayera, and Justice George Chiweshe has upheld two decisions of the High Court, firstly confirming the order issued by Justice Edith Mushore on July 8 last year declaring Balwearie Holdings registered under company number 1898/20 as the legitimate entity, while declaring that Balwearie Holdings under company number 45/77 was dissolved.

The Supreme Court also upheld the High Court judgment by Justice Emilia Muchawa which ruled that Balwearie Holdings company number 45/77 can not sue or be sued as it is a dissolved entity.

In summary, the bench has recognised Balwearie Holdings (1898/20) as the only legitimate Balwearie Holdings in existence.

On the other hand, the Chief Registrar of companies Martha Chakanyuka confirmed through an affidavit that their index reflects that Balwearie Holdings (45/77) is dissolved.

The Supreme Court’s decision puts to rest doubts members of the public had around the legitimacy of Balwearie Holdings (1898/20) who are the genuine property managers of Sabonabona housing project.

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