Stateless kids: SA law strips single fathers of rights

Published: 9/Mar/2020
Source: City Press (Johannesburg)

By Jeanne-Marié Versluis

Hundreds of children in South Africa are not having their births registered, simply because their parents are unmarried and the department of home affairs does not recognise the complexities surrounding these cases.

This perpetuates the notion that this group of children do not have the same inherent worth as others born within wedlock, says the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria.

This is because the 1992 Births and Deaths Registration Act does not make provision for unmarried fathers to register the births of their children, without the child’s mother.

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Discrimination, Gender, Birth Registration
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2020