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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Bophuthatswana nationality
Author:Olivier, W.H.
Periodical:South African Yearbook of International Law
Geographic terms:Bophuthatswana
South Africa
Abstract:This article deals with some aspects of the citizenship and nationality of Bophuthatswana. The nationality change of some South African nationals due to the change of sovereignty are observed, with a distinction between the legal situations before as well as after independence (6 December 1977). With the tranformation into sovereigh status all the citizens of the pre-independent Bophuthatswana ('non-citizen nationals' of the Republic of South Africa) became nationals of the independent Republic of Bophuthatswana and became as such aliens in the Republic of South Africa. The change of nationality of the majority of the persons concerned was based on the pre-independent Bophuthatswana citizenship. Some other individuals as well became aliens in the Republic of South Africa as a results of their acquisition of Bophuthatswana nationality. Notwithstanding some vagueness, the present nationality and citizenship rules in connection with the independent Bophuthatswana are in accordance with the principles of international law. Notes.