gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that the High Court in Pretoria has granted an order to a stateless man allowing him to work and live in SA while the home affairs minister reconsiders his application for permanent residence.  

Acting Judge MB Mokoena set aside the minister’s refusal to grant an exemption and a permanent residence permit to Frederick Ngubane and gave the minister 90 days to reconsider his application.  Ngubane, assisted by Lawyers for Human Rights, initially asked the court to declare that statelessness was a special circumstance for the purposes of the Immigration Act.  But Mokoena ruled that minister was the one to decide, after investigations, if Ngubane was stateless or not and if such status constituted special circumstances.  Ngubane could again approach the court for relief if he was not satisfied with the ultimate decision.

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