OPINION | The Right to Education for Undocumented Children in South Africa

Date: 20/06/2024

Intro paragraph:

South Africa’s history of inequality and prejudice continues to disenfranchise refugee, asylum seeking as well as stateless children’s right to education. This is reflected in the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA) White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration, and Refugee Protection (White Paper) published on 10 December 2023 for public comment. The DHA, in this White Paper proposes repealing the Births and Deaths Registration Act, the Citizenship Act and the Refugees Act to consolidate them into a single legislation. Notably, the DHA suggests that South Africa must review and/or withdraw from the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol and reaccede with reservations restricting socio-economic rights, including access to education.

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