The faces behind SA’s citizenship nightmare

Published: 5/Jul/2018
Source: Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

By Dan Brotman

Florette and Nsongoni Mulowayi arrived in South Africa from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as refugees in the early 2000s and subsequently became permanent residents.

Despite holding a South African identity document and a BSc degree from the University of Johannesburg, Florette was frequently discriminated against by the private sector when seeking work. In one case, she made it through all the interview stages for a job in a laboratory at a large pharmaceutical company but the offer was rescinded at the last minute because, the human resources department told her, the position was open to South African citizens only.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2018