“If you’re going to make a decision that adversely affects particular rights holders, you give them the opportunity to make representation [before] making that decision,” says Nicole Fritz, outgoing head of the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF).

It’s a basic precept of our law, yet home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi didn’t bother with this nicety in 2021 when, with the stroke of a pen, he blithely scrapped the Zimbabwean exemption permit (ZEP), altering the fate of 187,000 people...

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