Home Affairs’ DNA Requirements For Birth Registrations


Home Affairs says it now require the results of paternity tests for birth registrations, but that it’s only applicable to non South Africans.

According to the department, it announced the new Births and Deaths Regulations in 2014.

Home Affairs related that they’ve been witnessing cases where single mothers get involved in relationships with non-South African men and approach their offices to record the foreigners as fathers of their children even when they are not the biological fathers.

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With that, the foreigners will then, approach Home Affairs for permanent residence status in the country arguing that children have the right to be cared for by their parents.

“To this end, and where such a circumstance arises, we now require the results of paternity tests. This is applicable to non-South Africans,” Home Affairs stated.

Likewise, the department informed that paternity test must be provided when there is an application by a third-party to substitute his particulars as the father of a child, and effectively remove the recorded father’s name in the birth certificate.

“In instances where the parents of a child born out-of-wedlock are both recorded in the system but their status is unmarried and recorded as such, upon marriage, and if they wish to change their marital status on the child’s profile, the law provides that this may be done without a requirement of a paternity test,” added the department.

Home Affairs was responding to an online publication circulating information about the introduction of compulsory DNA testing requirements for birth registrations in South Africa.

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The department described the piece as hoax stating that it will always use official communication platforms to create awareness around any changes in policy.