An article circulating on social media where Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba allegedly speaks on the introduction of compulsory DNA testing for registration of new births is a hoax, Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said.
Tshwete said no such interview was conducted by the minister with what appears to be a fake website.
“The department will utilise official communication platforms to create awareness around any changes in policy should there be such pronouncements, including those made by the ministry.”
In 2014, the new births and deaths regulations were announced. Tshwete said there were cases where a single mother would be in a relationship with a non-South African male and approach Home Affairs to record that man as the child’s biological father, even though they were not.
“This is then used by such persons to address our department for permanent residence status in the country due to the right that children have to be cared for by their parents.”
Such cases require the results of paternity tests and only applicable to non-South Africans.
Should a third party want to substitute his particulars as the father of a child, and to effectively remove the recorded father’s name in the birth certificate, the regulations will require a paternity test to be submitted by the applicant.
“In instances where the parents of a child born out of wedlock are both recorded in the system but their status is unmarried and recorded as such, upon marriage, and if they wish to change their marital status on the child’s profile, the law provides that this may be done without a requirement of a paternity test.”