South Africa: No birth certificate, no school

Published: 19/Apr/2017
Source: GroundUp

Aphiwe*, a nine-year-old learner, could not find a place in a school. Her mother, Sinothando* is a 30-year-old South African woman born in a remote Eastern Cape village. Both Sinothando’s parents died when she was a child. Her only other known relative has also died. She has never been able to have her own birth registered.

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Themes: Identity Documents, Birth Registration, Statelessness
Regions: Southern Africa, South Africa
Year: 2017