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Recognition of religion or belief in South Africa

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of South Africa are classified apathetic.

Recognition of religion or belief in South Africa


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on legal registration with few to no means of existential recognition; procedures for registration are not distinguished for religious between secular entities.

  • Mandatory annual reports look to be appropriate as long as they only cover financial information and that such information provided is not misused.

Positive elements:

  • Freedom of religion or belief is broadly upheld by the government in practice.

  • The one-step procedure granting nationwide registration shows dynamic character as it avoids the procedure becoming onerous.


  • A lack of distinction between procedures for registering religious and secular entities needs to be resolved through the differentiation of procedures for these two types of entities.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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