Mokotjo issue to be finalised today

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READ: SAFA in the dark over Mokotjo nationality

The FC Twente player was called up to represent Bafana Bafana in their two friendly internationals this month, but after renouncing his South African citizenship as part of the legal practice of naturalisation to become a Dutch national last year, it remains unclear whether or not he will be able to don the Bafana shirt.

A statement released on Thursday evening gives the latest update, which reads as follows:

‘The Department of Home Affairs wishes to confirm receipt of application for resumption of South African citizenship by Netherlands-based soccer player Kamohelo Mokotjo, following initial contact with the South African Football Association (SAFA) on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.

‘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.’

Bafana Bafana take on Guinea-Bissau in their friendly at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.

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