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SAFA offers Mokotjo citizenship update

2017-03-24 08:58
Kamohelo Mokotjo (SAFA website)

Cape Town - The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has released a statement regarding the citizenship situation involving Kamohelo Mokotjo.

"The Department of Home Affairs wishes to confirm the 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, March 22," the statement read on the official SAFA website.

"Mokotjo acquired Dutch citizenship in December 2016 and automatically lost his South African citizenship.

"The South African Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act No. 88 of 1995) states that 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, March 24."

South Africa are scheduled to play two international friendlies against Guinea-Bissau and Angola. 

Meanwhile, the new Bafana Bafana coach will be unveiled after the Angola match, according to SAFA spokesperson, Dominic Chimahavi.

Owen da Gama has been in charge of the national side on an interim basis.

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