Call for comments on the draft amendments to the Births & Deaths Registration Act Regulations (RSA)


(Liesl Muller) #1

The Department of Home Affairs South Africa is calling for comments on their draft amendments to the Births and Deaths Registration Act Regulations.

The deadline in 16 November 2018. Your contributions based on your work is very valuable to this important process. Follow the link below to the document or download directly from this post.

181012draftreg-registrationofbirthsdeaths.pdf (2.4 MB)

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(Liesl Muller) #2


The draft amendments propose that South Africa no longer issues birth certificates to foreign children born in South Africa. This is a violation of national and international law and will surely lead to increased statelessness.

The deadline for comments was last Friday, 16 November. Civil society rallied together and manged to:

  1. Get 1300 signatures in a petition against the amendment: Last day to stop Home Affairs xenophobic attack on our African children | Awethu
  2. Get a lot of media attention to raise the alarm eg. Controversy at proposal to discontinue birth certificates for foreign children | Cape Argus
  3. Submit comments and objections to the amendment from all spheres.

Lawyers for Human Rights and the Centre for Child Law made written submissions to the Department of Home Affairs on the draft Regulations, which was endorsed by 22 organisations in South Africa. Find the submissions here: CCL LHR Comments on the draft regulations to the BDRA 16 Nov 2018.pdf (579.3 KB)

Thank you for all the contributions on this important issue. May our voices be heard!


(Mohammed Aman) #3

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With you in spirit

(Tobias Eigen) #4

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