Living in Mzansi as a dual citizen

Born to a South African father and an American mother in the United States, Mandla Lionel Isaacs has reflected critically on his identity as a South African with dual citizenship.

There was a time in South Africa where people tended to be put in boxes, you were either Zulu or you were Sotho, you were this or you were that, and then people started to marry across cultural lines... I think our identities are complicated. People have multiple types of identities, and I think that is okay

Mandla Lionel Isaacs

Isaacs, who works as a Director of Research at the Department of Home Affairs, says that he tries to sensitize people to the fact the citizens live in a globalized world.

I think there are people who are as South African as they come

Mandla Lionel Isaacs

Reflecting on his experience as a person born to parents of different cultures, from different countries, Isaacs says that South Africans do not typically think of dual nationality being something that is mutually exclusive.

He says that there are South Africans with dual nationalities who are dedicated to South Africa, and do not think of leaving the country to live in another country in the face of a crisis.

If you are skilled, then you are internationally mobile. If you have skills, then you can move to another country to work. I think that people who about you only being internationally mobile if you have a British grandfather, if you are an accountant, a lawyer, a banker, someone who has skills, you're going to be able to work in another country if you need to

Mandla Lionel Isaacs

Speaking to #NightTalk's Lovelyn Nwadeyi, Isaacs says that the globalized world does not necessarily just benefit people with dual nationalities.

He believes that people who are skilled, and are willing to do so, can live in another country in the world.

Listen to the conversation below:

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