South Africa: MPs question Home Affairs’ hefty DNA test costs for migrant kids

Published: 16/Nov/2022
Source: Eye Witness News (SA)

By Babalo Ndenze

CAPE TOWN – Members of Parliament (MPs) said they’re worried about the high cost of DNA tests that prevent migrants from registering the birth of their children.

Lawyers for Human Rights told the Home Affairs portfolio committee this week that the digitisation of the registration system and other requirements make it almost impossible for migrants to get documented.

Lawyers for Human Rights told Parliament that the Department of Home Affairs is “structurally xenophobic” because of its exclusively online registration system.

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Themes: Birth Registration
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2022