High Court recognises child as stateless and declares her to be a SA citizen

Published: 7/Jul/2014
Source: LHR

Last week, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria set a precedent by declaring a six-year-old child a South African citizen

The child was born to Cuban parents who, due to Cuban law, were not able to pass their citizenship to their child. The court made the order in line with Section 2(2) of the South African Citizenship Act, 88 of 1995. This section guarantees citizenship to children born in South Africa but do not have the nationality of any other country and whose births are registered in terms of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 51 of 1992.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2014