The Department of Home Affairs is facing another lawsuit relating to the looming termination of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP).

The ZEP, is a special dispensation permit established more than 10 years ago that gives legal protection to an estimated 178 000 Zimbabwean nationals to live, work and study in SA, reports News24.

However, Cabinet in January decided that the arrangement must be terminated by December, and that applicants should apply for a visa to remain in SA, based on a list of critical skills needed in the country.

In June, the Helen Suzman Foundation said it would be taking government to court for discontinuing the permits.

The application, filed at the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), was aimed at interdicting government departments from arresting or deporting ZEP holders once their permits expired.

The Zimbabwean Immigration Federation (ZIF) said Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, was allowed to withdraw the permits under the immigration law provided there was a good cause.

However, it said the minister had erred in his decision to end the permits because he 'failed to take into account relevant considerations in making the impugned decision'.

Home Affairs spokesperson Siya Qoza, said the department's lawyers had filed a motion to oppose the ZIF court action.

Qoza, said the department is facing four court cases in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) regarding the ZEP.

Full analysis on the New24 site