Source: Business Day (South Africa)
By Xolisa Phillip
Children born in SA to undocumented migrants are entitled to home affairs-issued birth certificates, in what is a major victory for migrants and the Legal Resources Centre.
The centre announced on Thursday that, after much “back and forth” with the Department of Home Affairs, the department’s “director of births, marriages, deaths and records management confirmed that [it was] … best to [issue] the DHA-19 birth certificate …”
However, the birth certificate does not entitle its recipients to citizenship in SA.
The centre intervened after being approached by a Congolese asylum seeker whose newborn son was refused a birth certificate by home affairs officials at the hospital where the baby was born.