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

Chapter 3 : Loss of South African Citizenship

6. Loss of citizenship


(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), a South African citizen shall cease to be a South African citizen if—
(a) he or she, whilst not being a minor, by some voluntary and formal act other than marriage, acquires the citizenship or nationality of a country other than the Republic; or
(b) he or she in terms of the laws of any other country also has the citizenship or nationality of that country, and serves in the armed forces of such country while that country is at war with the Republic.


(2) Any person referred to in subsection (1) may, prior to his or her loss of South African citizenship in terms of this section, apply to the Minister to retain his or her South African citizenship, and the Minister may, if he or she deems it fit, order such retention.


(3) Any person who obtained South African citizenship by naturalisation in terms of this Act shall cease to be a South African citizen if he or she engages, under the flag of another country, in a war that the Republic does not support.

[Subsection (3) inserted by section (6) of Act No. 17 of 2010]