South Africans – Don’t Lose Your Own Citizenship When You Apply for Another!

South Africans – Don’t Lose Your Own Citizenship When You Apply for Another!

A recent High Court judgment in Democratic Alliance v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (48418/2018) [2021] ZAGPPHC 500 has confirmed that you will lose your South African citizenship if you apply for citizenship of any other country without prior Ministerial permission. It is irrelevant whether you are South African by birth or not. It is also irrelevant why you want to acquire dual citizenship - perhaps you are living/working overseas, perhaps you want a second passport just to make travelling easier, perhaps you have financial reasons. How and why you lose your South African citizenship Dual citizenship itself is…
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Dual Citizens – Don’t risk losing your South African citizenship!

Dual Citizens – Don’t risk losing your South African citizenship!

You are a South African citizen.  You decide to acquire dual citizenship.  Your reasons for doing so are irrelevant – perhaps you are living/working overseas, perhaps you want a second passport just to make travelling easier, perhaps you have financial reasons.  What is relevant is that you risk losing your South African citizenship. You are certainly allowed to hold dual citizenship, no problem there.  But our Citizenship Act provides that if “by some voluntary and formal act” you acquire citizenship or nationality of another country, you are automatically deprived of your South African citizenship. You are exempt only if …..…
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