Mokotjo regains SA citizenship

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Mokotjo is once again able to represent Bafana upon the reissuing of his South African citizenship from Home Affairs on Friday afternoon.

The FC Twente anchorman renounced his birth nationality upon acquiring Dutch citizenship through naturalisation in December last year, making him ineligible to represent the national team despite previously turning out for Bafana and the junior national teams.

The association were thrown into disarray upon learning that the 26-year-old no longer held a SA passport, and had to find ways to get him the necessary documentation to be fielded in an official match.

The Department of Home Affairs were eventually called in to try and fast-track the process, with the minister approving Mokotjo's urgent application to reacquire his SA nationality in time for Saturday's meeting with the African Wild Dogs.

"The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has, by the power vested in terms of Section 13(3)(a)(i) of the South African Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act No. 88 of 1995), allowed Mr Kamohelo Mokotjo to resume his former South African citizenship," confirmed a statement released by Home Affairs on Friday.

"Mokotjo acquired Dutch citizenship in December 2016 and automatically lost his South African citizenship. The Minister approved the application after carefully applying his mind to a motivation submitted before him by the applicant stating the reasons for the request.

"According to the Act, 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". The Act further stipulates that 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."