The department of home affairs lost its final appeal opportunity to deport 178,000 Zimbabwean exemption permit (ZEP) holders after a Constitutional Court ruling found it did not adequately consult the permit holders.

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi must now adhere to a 2023 high court order to follow consultation processes with ZEP holders, which had not been adhered to. All appeal avenues are now closed to the department...

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