‘Dead’ man didn’t get to vote

2009-04-23 00:00

AN unemployed Pietermaritzburg man could not exercise his right to vote yesterday after he was told that he was dead.

Thembinkosi Petros Duma’s hopes to make his mark for his party of choice on Wednesday were dashed at the polling station when he was told that he was “deceased” and therefore could not vote.

After waiting for more than four hours in the queue at the voting station in Slangspruit where he stays, the 35-year-old thought his chance had finally arrived.

He handed in his ID to the IEC official for scanning, but said he was baffled when the official broke the news.

“They told me I was dead. They even gave me a slip that confirmed I was ‘deceased’. I am alive … but my right to vote has been snatched before my eyes. I am disappointed … ”

Duma said he was deeply hurt by the incident and was desperate to rectify the problem, which proved difficult.

Yesterday he went to Home Affairs in an attempt to reverse his death. “At Home Affairs they told me someone had used my ID to claim life insurance. I was told to go to the police and get an affidavit as proof that I am still alive.”

Duma said he does not know how his ID might have been used by somebody else. “I hide it under my pillow and use a copy when job-hunting.”

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