Repeal LOSS of South African Citizenship: Section 6.1(a) of the South African Citizenship Act (Act 88 of 1995)

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Automatic loss of your South African Citizenship

Without consideration to the South African Constitution, Chapter 20 which states, “No citizen may be deprived of citizenship” and with no warning or consultation, Section 6.1(a) of the South African Citizenship, (Act 88 of 1995) provides the Minister of Home Affairs or their officials the power to strip a South African Citizen of their citizenship.

Chapter 3, section 6.1 states the following:
Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), a South African citizen shall cease to be a South African citizen if-
(a) he or she, whilst not being a minor, by some voluntary and formal act other than marriage, acquires the citizenship or nationality of a country other than the Republic.

Even though sub-section 2 of The Act provides for the retention of citizenship PRIOR to acquiring foreign citizenship it is very poorly communicated and often misunderstood by citizens, Home Affairs and Consulate officials. There is no information in SA passports to inform citizens of the requirement and certainly no warning about the disastrous consequence of not applying for retention. If one did not know about this requirement there are no exceptions, no warning, no consultation and certainly no opportunity to apply retrospectively. You will simply lose your citizenship from the date that you acquired your foreign citizenship.

This petition is in support of The South African Dual Citizenship Campaign who are campaigning to negotiate a fair outcome for THOUSANDS of South Africans who have unknowingly been deprived of their citizenship.



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