Loss of Citizenship Court Challenge

On 12 July 2018, the Democratic Alliance (DA) launched an application in the Johannesburg High Court to challenge section 6(1)(a) of the South African Citizenship Act 88 of 1995 (the Act).

This was initiated after we heard stories from a multitude of former South African citizens living abroad who, through no fault of their own, have been stripped of their South African citizenship automatically by section 6(1) of the Act. Many of these former citizens even approached South African embassies for advice on dual citizenship beforehand, but were given the wrong advice by embassy officials.

Our view is that the current legislation is unconstitutional, however the government is arguing that all of those former South African citizens who lost their citizenship because of section 6(1)(a), chose to lose their citizenship.

We believe that this claim is not only factually incorrect, but is unjust and unfair to the many former South Africans who have experienced the pain and trauma of losing their citizenship against their wishes and without their knowledge.

In order to contest the government’s claims and succeed in our challenge to section 6(1)(a), we need evidence from all former South African citizens who have unknowingly lost their citizenship to assist us in winning this case.

If you want to make a difference, to change the law and to protect future citizens who may, like you, lose their South African citizenship against their wishes and/or knowledge, please complete this short survey.

It should only take about 10 – 15 min to complete. The survey will remain open until 31 August 2019, and the more responses we have the stronger our case will be, so please do share with everyone you know who has experienced this issue.

Please note that your details will NOT be shared with any person or entity outside of the court case.