Legalisation therefore basically means the process followed by which the signature and seal on an official (public) document is verified.
Note: The full description is The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 (Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents). Please visit The Hague Conference on Private International Law – http://www.hcch.net for further information on signatory countries.
Note: South African diplomatic or consular representatives abroad can legalise official documents only if these were legalised by the relevant foreign authority in their country of accreditation, for use within South Africa. South African diplomatic or consular representatives abroad cannot issue Apostille Certificates, only Certificates of Authentication.
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