Anybody born outside of South Africa to a South African citizen. The birth has to be registered in line with the Births and Deaths Registration Act 51 of 1992.
Permanent Resident holders of 5 or more years can apply for citizenship. Anybody married to a South African citizen qualifies for naturalisation, two years after receiving permanent residence at the time of marriage. A child under 21 with a permanent residence Visa qualifies for naturalization immediately after the Visa is issued.
This occurs when a South African citizen:
Obtains citizenship of another country by a voluntary and formal act, other than marriage, or;
Serves in the armed forces of another country, where he or she is also a citizen, while at war with South Africa.
A South African citizen by naturalization can be deprived of citizenship if:
The certificate of naturalization was obtained fraudulently or false information was supplied.
He or she holds the citizenship of another country and has, at any time, been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment in any country for an offense that also would have been an offense in South Africa.
Any person who wants to apply for citizenship in another country must apply to the Minister of Home Affairs to retain his or her South African citizenship before acquiring the citizenship of the other country.
Any former citizen by birth or descent who:
can apply for the reinstatement of his/her South African citizenship. However, this person must return permanently to South Africa.
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