In terms of Section 2 of the South African Citizenship Act 88 of 1995 which was amended in 2010, a citizen by birth is someone who was already a citizen by birth prior to the commencement of the Amendment Act or someone who was born in or outside of the Republic of South Africa and, at the time of the child’s birth, one or more of the child’s parents is/are a South African citizen/s.

 

Any person, who was born in the Republic of South Africa and does not have the citizenship of another country and has no entitlement to the citizenship of another country, will also be deemed to be a South African citizen by birth. Please keep in mind that this is only the case if the birth is in fact registered in the Republic of South Africa in accordance with the Births and Deaths Registration Act.

 

Finally, the last category of persons that are considered to be South African citizens by birth is, in fact, a new addition to the South African Citizenship Act which was included by the Amendment Act in 2010, which states that if a person is born in the Republic of South Africa to parents who have been admitted to South Africa for Permanent Residence but are not South African citizens, such child will qualify to be a South African citizen by birth if such child has lived in the Republic of South Africa from the date of his/her birth to the date of becoming a major and so long as such child’s birth is registered in the Republic of South Africa in accordance with the Births and Deaths Registration Act.