South Africa: This Is Home – Nephtali

Published: 2/Jul/2021
Source: Jesuit Institute South Africa

This Is Home is a campaign that documents the lives of inspiring young people in South Africa who are stateless or at risk of becoming stateless. The campaign provides explainers on statelessness and practical solutions for The Department of Home Affairs to implement to prevent statelessness.

This video is about Nephtalie, a young person born in South Africa to a mother with refugee status. She was de-linked from her mother’s file at age eighteen and had to make an independent asylum application, which is currently under review. Nephtalie applied for citizenship by naturalisation in 2019, there has been no outcome on this application. Furthermore, the Department of Home Affairs has closed the citizenship section of the department since the national COVID- 19 lockdown, compounding existing backlogs.


Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Nationality and Refugees, Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2021