South Africa: Tebogo stateless as Home Affairs denies him his birthright

Published: 16/Nov/2022
Source: Scrolla.Africa (South Africa)

By Masoka Dube

Tebogo Khoza from Thabazimbi in Limpopo lives a life of squalor as the Department of Home Affairs refuses to issue him with documentation even though he has proof that he was born in South Africa.

Khoza, 25, was born in Malelane, Mpumalanga and grew up at an orphanage in Thabazimbi Limpopo.

He said he tried to convince the department that he is a South African but instead of verifying his facts the department officials told him to get his documentation from Swaziland, which is where his grandmother comes from.

“I was denied entry into Swaziland as I am not a Swazi national and I must produce my South African identity document,” he told Scrolla.Africa.

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports, Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2022