JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) is reported to be reviewing South Africa's dual citizenship policy in a bid to stop South African citizens from taking up arms for the Israeli military.
The Sunday Times newspaper is reporting that ANC also wants to crackdown on private sector ties with Israel. However, this move would also affect others, who hold dual citizenship with countries besides the Jewish state. The issue to ban dual citizenship was apparently discussed at the ruling party’s July lekgotla and will come up again next month at its national general council.
The head of the ANC's National Executive Committee on International Relations, Obed Bapela, told the newspaper that they were assessing whether the world still needs the model of dual citizenship. Immigration lawyers are however opposed to the idea saying it smacks of political grandstanding. The proposition has also drawn sharp criticism from the South African Jewish Board of Deputies which has accused the ANC of becoming openly hostile to South Africa/Jewish citizens.