Stateless SA man left in limbo after parents never registered his birth turns to court for help

Published: 1/Nov/2022
Source: Pretoria News / IOL

By Zelda Venter

Pretoria – A young man left in legal limbo after his parents never registered his birth has appealed to the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, for help.

The Department of Home Affairs had simply ignored his plight over the past nine years to be registered as a South African citizen.

Tebogo Khoza said since he turned 16 in 2013, he had tried in vain to be registered as a South African. He said he was born here and has never left the country since birth. While the department said it would assist him, nothing came of it.

Lawyers for Human Rights assisted him in his legal bid not to be rendered stateless.

Khoza was orphaned at the age of 9 and lived at a youth centre in Limpopo. He stayed there until he reached the age of 18.

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