Source: The Citizen (Johannesburg)
Chisom Jenniffer Okoye
Is this a country that does not tolerate foreign nationals and renders their local-born children stateless?
What is the future of the young man or woman who moved to SA with their parents at a young age and settled here? What is the future of a first-generation South African who was born in the country to parents of foreign descent and whose status in the country, as a result, will forever remain “foreign national”?
Recently, the department of home affairs proposed amendments to the Births and Death Registration Act to stipulate that children born in this country to foreign parents will not receive a proper SA birth certificate.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) said: “This issue has already been a problem for the past two or three years. Children born of foreign parents were issued with a ‘notification/confirmation of birth’ and then had to apply for a birth certificate, which took between six and 12 months, and often required parents to return to the country of their own birth for further documents.
“Now, the government is going one step further and rendering children born to foreign parents stateless.”