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South African Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act No. 88 of 1995)

Chapter 2 : Acquisition of South African Citizenship

4. Citizenship by naturalisation


(1) Any person who—
(a) immediately prior to the date of the commencement of the South African Citizenship Amendment Act, 2010, was a South African citizen by naturalisation; or
(b) in terms of this Act is granted a certificate of naturalisation as a South African citizen in terms of section 5,

shall be a South African citizen by naturalisation.


(2) Any person referred to in subsection (1)(b) shall, with effect from the date of the issue of the certificate, be a South African citizen by naturalisation.


(3) A child born in the Republic of parents who are not South African citizens or who have not been admitted into the Republic for permanent residence, qualifies to apply for South African citizenship upon becoming a major if—
(a) he or she has lived in the Republic from the date of his or her birth to the date of becoming a major; and
(b) his or her birth has been registered in accordance with the provisions of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992 (Act No. 51 of 1992).


[Section 4 amended by section 4 of Act No. 17 of 2010]