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Opinion - There Is No Difference Between Children Born By Foreign Parents And South Africans

It has been made known to south Africans that there is no difference between children born by foreign parents and south Africans through the recent ruling of constitutional court.

Children born in South Africa to foreign parents are eligible to apply for south African citizenship,this follows an elongated journey after the constitutional court ruled in favour of Mariam Ali and other and everyone who are born in South Africa and reached a major age.

South Africans first citizens Act no. 88 of 1995 did not provide for children born in South Africa by foreign parents.

Section 4(3) of the new Act stated that a child born in the republic of parents who are not South African citizens, or have not been admitted into the republic for permanent residence, qualifies for South African citizenship upon becoming a major if:

He or she has lived in the republic from his date of his or her birth to the date of becoming a major.

And his or her birth has been register in accordance with the provisions of the births and deaths registration Act of 1992.


What this ruling means is that in as much as you are born to foreign parents and you are a major you can apply for south African citizenship and be entitled to all benefits available.

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