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Got two passports? You could be in danger of losing SA citizenship

December 07, 2016


South African citizens with two passports may find themselves unconstitutionally no longer citizens of South Africa, says Stefanie de Saude.

South Africans choosing to work and live in another country, may be surprised to discover they’re no longer citizens of South Africa should they choose to acquire the citizenship of their adoptive country, due to the stricter application of an old Citizenship Act.

According to vague amendments to the South African Citizenship Act 88 of 1995, it states that unless South African expats specifically apply for written permission (from the Minister of Home Affairs) to keep their South African citizenship, they will lose it by default.

Immigration Law expert Stefanie de Saude explains why this is unconstitutional.

Between 2011 – 2015 roughly 2000 South Africans citizens living abroad lost the protection of the South African government, as well as their right to vote, on acquiring the citizenship of their adoptive country without getting prior permission from the Minister of Home Affairs.

Originally published on News24.com, 15 January 2016.

De Saude-Darbandi Attorneys | Cape Town, South Africa

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