Girl of Cuban parents gains SA citizenship

Published: 8/Jul/2014

The North Gauteng High Court set a precedent last week when it ordered the government to change its citizenship act to facilitate the granting of citizenship to children born in the country to foreign parents – and, therefore, prevent statelessness.

The order was made in a landmark case involving the 6-year-old daughter of Cuban parents, who was born in South Africa but could not inherit Cuban citizenship, as stipulated by Cuban laws. Cuban law states that children born outside Cuba, even to Cuban parents, are not Cuban citizens.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Southern Africa, South Africa
Year: 2014