South Africa: No school wants to take in stateless child

Published: 17/Jan/2017
Source: News 24 (South Africa)

By Hannes Kruger

Johannesburg – The 8-year-old girl who was forced to take off her shirt in front of all her classmates because her mother couldn’t afford the prescribed shirt, hasn’t been able to go back to school yet.

No schools want to accept her because she is stateless, Netwerk24 reported. She was born in South Africa, but isn’t registered because her mother is stateless. Her father, however, is a South African.

“No one has the child’s interests at heart,” said Sophia Welz, who employs the girl’s mom.

According to Welz an independent school had accepted the youngster after she’d been taken out of The Metropolitan College in the Johannesburg CBD because of the shirt incident.

Themes: Birth Registration, Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2017