What are the legalities on Multi-Citizenship?

Private forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan was arrested by the Hawks last week at OR Tambo International Airport.

It appears that O’Sullivan was detained for using one of his two legal foreign passports for international travel, allegedly contravening the Immigration Act.

O’ Sullivan’s arrest raised much concern regarding Dual-Citizenship. CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Craig Smith, Immigration Lawyer about the rules in place for leaving and entering the country when a person has two passports.

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:

The South African citizenship Act of 1995 was amended in 2004 and it says that if you are a South African citizen and you enter or depart South Africa on a foreign passport you shall be guilty of offence and the sentence will be a fine or 12 months imprisonment.

Craig Smith, Immigration Lawyer

This is not well documented and a layperson out there is not aware of the laws

Craig Smith, Immigration Lawyer

So it boggles my mind how this case escalated to where he needed to pay R20 000 bail …

Craig Smith, Immigration Lawyer

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