Deprivation Of Citizenship

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The Minister of Home Affairs may deprive any South African citizen by naturalization of such citizenship if the Minister is satisfied that:

  • The certificate of naturalization was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of a material fact;
  • Such certificate is granted in conflict with the provisions of the Citizenship Act or any prior law;
  • The South African citizen, who also possesses the citizenship of another country, has at any time been sentenced in any country to a period of imprisonment of not less than 12 months for any offence which, if it was committed outside of South Africa, would also have constituted an offence in South Africa;
  • It is in the public interest that such citizen, who also possesses the citizenship of another country, shall cease to be a South African citizen.

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