South Africa: Stateless couple seek clarification on citizenship

Published: 5/Mar/2018
Source: Timeslive (South Africa)

By Ernest Mabuza

A couple originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo have found themselves stateless after renouncing their citizenship in order to be naturalised as South Africans.

While one of their children has been granted South African citizenship‚ the youngest child who was born last year failed to gain the same status and may not be able to access services offered by public facilities in the country.

A law firm has brought an application in the High Court in Cape Town that seeks clarity on how long a permanent resident must reside in South Africa before he or she is eligible for citizenship.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2018