Rich, older South African men are buying Plan B passports in Europe in record numbers


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  • The first half of 2018 saw a huge surge in applications from South Africans looking to buy their way into second passports, mostly in Europe, numbers from an advisory company show.
  • Mostly older men are securing passports from the likes of Malta and Cyprus – with cash.
  • But they’re not always looking to actually leave South Africa, says Henley & Partners.

In the first half of 2018 – after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Jacob Zuma as ANC president – it recorded a 229% year-on-year increase in applications from South Africans looking to buy their way into foreign citizenship or residency, Henley & Partners says. Henley & Partners is a global citizenship advisory firm, headquartered in London with more than 30 offices…

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