- The DA launched legal action against South Africans who live abroad losing their citizenship
- According to a section in the constitutions, a SA citizen must first get permission before applying for a second citizenship
- Or face losing his/her South African citizenship
- However, a lot of people do not know this and it resulted in thousands of South Africans losing their citizenship
The Democratic Alliance has taken steps against a section in the constitution, which causes South Africans who lives abroad to lose their SA citizenship when applying for citizenship overseas.
According to the constitution, a South African must get permission to apply for a second citizenship from the local authorities first, or they lose their citizenship entirely.
However, the DA argues a lot of people do not know this and no South African should be robbed of their citizenship.
According to SA People, the DA added while Chapter 20 of the SA Constitution states no South African would be stripped of their citizenship, section 6.1 states otherwise.
Mmusi Maimane's party dubbed the section unconstitutional and called for it to be scrapped from the Constitution.
Apart from removing the section, the DA also called for the reinstatement of those who lost their citizenship as a result of it.
Briefly.co.za learned from 2010 up to 2015, more than 2000 South Africans lost their citizenship due to the law, which they had no knowledge of.
The DA's request was served to the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, and the Director General last month.
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