Battle for SA citizenship drags on

Published: 15/Jan/2013

It has been three years and the senior manager of communications in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, Leon Mbangwa, is still fighting a court battle for South African citizenship. Mbangwa successfully brought an application in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in August 2009 for a temporary interdict to prevent his being arrested and deported to Zimbabwe after he had received a letter from Home Affairs saying that he did not qualify for South African citizenship and must return to the “country of his origin”. On Monday, the matter came before the court again, but it was adjourned so that Mbangwa could respond to the latest affidavit that had been filed. Gcwelumusa Khwela, a corruption and security expert for Home Affairs, said in the affidavit that Mbangwa had been questioned about his claim that he had been an Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) member, and he had confessed this was false.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Identity Documents
Regions: Southern Africa, South Africa
Year: 2013