South Africa: SCA rules against Home Affairs in brothers’ citizenship battle

Published: 2/Dec/2020
Source: The Citizen (Johannesburg)

By Bernadette Wicks

In 1995, Joseph Emmanuel Jose and Jonathan Diabaka’s parents fled their war-torn home country and came to SA. The following year, Jose was born. He was followed a year later by his brother.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has thrown out the department of home affairs’ bid to overturn an order that it grants citizenship to two men who were born in South Africa to Angolan refugees.

This comes on the back of a protracted legal battle, dating back to 2014, when their family’s refugee status was withdrawn and the two men – then teenagers – were threatened with repatriation to a country they had never set foot in.

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Naturalisation and Marriage, Nationality and Refugees
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2020