I have applied for a position with company X and their HR department has asked me to provide proof that I acquired my SA Citizenship prior to April 1994. Although I am a white male, this position is not an AA position as confirmed by the company. Having been born in Zimbabwe and moved to SA in 1985, I have my Permanent Residence certificate stamped in 1985. I was only 14 yrs old in Apr 1994 thus I don't know whether according to law I was entitled to apply for citizenship as a minor?My first ID book shows SA Citizenship and I recieved that book in 1996 (16 yrs old).
Importantly though, if I already held Permanent Residence in 1985, lived in the country ever since, completely all primary, secondary and tertiary education in SA, contributed for over 14 years to SARS as a legal South African taxpayer, voted in National elections since 1998, surely that would exclude me from being viewed as a Foreign National right? The Employment Services Bill classifies both SA Citizens and Permanent Residents being legally able to work in South Africa, thus NOT a Foreign National. Thus logically speaking, does that then not also lead to say that a Permanent Resident in 1985 would be viewed in a similar light to an SA Citizen in 1985 - both not viewed as Foreign Nationals?
Please if you can shed some light on this situation as you understand it, as it may be the difference between being eligible for this position or not.