Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Lost citizenship - effect for children?

Recommended Posts


Can anyone confirm what happens to the rights of a SA citizen minor when the child's parents (and the child) receive a second nationality? This is what I've been told by the consulate so far:

- on receipt of a second citizenship (without permission) the parents forfeit their SA citizenship, but not minor children

- up until age of 16, a child can be a dual national and travel to South Africa on a foreign passport

- from 16, the child must travel to SA on SA passport

- a minor may not renounce their SA citizenship and this can only be done upon reaching 18 (although then the form BI-246 is mildly confusing as it states : "The responsible parent must sign on behalf of a minor child"?

Does this mean, there is no way for a child aged 16-17 to travel to SA without a SA passport??

....and a second question :

Seemingly a bit contradictory, the Citizenship Act (section 7-3) states that if a child's parents renounce their SA citizenship, that child also ceases to be a citizen.

Upon reaching the age of 18, can such a child apply to have their citizenship reinstated?

Edited by swissboks

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Create New...