Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
7 minute read
14 Nov 2019
6:10 am

’15 million’ people in SA are unregistered, and many are ‘stateless children’

Brian Sokutu

The world is sitting on a time bomb of a growing mass of stateless people who find themselves in destitute and desperate situations in foreign countries.

Immigrants from Malawi hand their documents to traffic officials in Polokwane after being detained.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that, every 10-minute, a child is born nationless. So severe is the matter of stateless people in South Africa, that Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) are working closely with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - commonly known as Doctors Without Borders - to address the plight of those deemed not to belong to any state. They say that about a third of those who are stateless are children. While South Africa has not yet quantified the scale of the crisis of the stateless population within its borders, the World Bank claims that...