Home Affairs offers glimmer of hope to Mokotjo in the midst of embarrassing citizenship debacle

There is an end in sight to the Kamohelo Mokotjo saga‚ with the midfielder now apparently on track to be eligible to turn out for Bafana Bafana against Guinea-Bissau at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.
“Mokotjo acquired Dutch citizenship in December 2016 and automatically lost his South African citizenship.

“According to the South African Citizenship Act‚ 1995 (Act No. 88 of 1995)‚ a South African shall cease to be a citizen if ‘he or she‚ whilst not being a minor‚ by some voluntary and formal act other than marriage‚ acquires the citizenship or nationality of a country other than the Republic’.

“Mokotjo has since written a motivation to the Minister of Home Affairs for the resumption of his former South African citizenship as stipulated by legislation.

“In this regard‚ the Minister may upon receipt of such an application allow the applicant to resume his former South African citizenship if he is satisfied with the facts presented before him.

“To this end‚ we are processing Mokotjo’s application and hope to finalise it by end of business on Friday‚ 24 March 2017.”

FC Twente star Mokotjo (26) has five caps for Bafana.