South Africa: ‘Stateless’ man struggles for citizenship

Published: 13/Déc/2017
Source: Pretoria News

By Zelda Venter

FREDERICK Ngubane claims to have been born in South Africa 27 years ago.

However, he has no birth certificate to prove it and thus cannot get a South African ID because it is said he is not a South African citizen. Ngubane is therefore stateless and belongs to no country.

Home Affairs refuses to issue him with a South African ID because he is unable to provide documented evidence that he was born here. The department also said it was not justified to grant him permanent residence in the country under the circumstances.

Ngubane said his only evidence that he was a South African, his birth certificate, went missing when the taxi he was travelling in was hijacked.

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Themes: Apatridie
Regions: Afrique du Sud
Year: 2017