ID book fiasco wastes four years for Ayanda

2010-07-13 00:00

The inability of Home Affairs to help Ayanda Nxumalo (22) get a valid Identity Document is standing in the way of her long-held dream to become a nurse.

For four years, they have failed to sort out her identity document problems. As a result, she can’t study and she can’t get a good job to enable her to progress in life.

“When I see girls younger than me getting into nursing and moving on with their lives my heart sinks. All my friends are working and have something to show for their lives,” said a despondent Nxumalo.

She graduated from Greytown Secondary in 2006. Her plan was to apply for her ID in the early months of 2006 so that she at least had something to show when she applied to universities after the release of her trial exams results.

However, when she visited Home Affairs Greytown branch where she had applied after the stipulated time, she was told that her ID was not ready as it was still being processed.

Finally in December, after regular visits to Home Affairs, Nxumalo was told that she had not received her ID since she shares an ID number with someone else.

“I asked how that was possible and got no clear answers except being told that is what the computer revealed. I was told to do a second application. I had to pay for new photos and repeat the whole process again.”

This she has repeated a number of times, but it has failed to yield results. Last year, she was eventually told at the Pietermaritzburg offices to stop applying since this was adding to the delays. Nxumalo moved to the city with the hope that after listening to her story, the nursing schools would at least accept her birth certificate so that she could carry on with her life.

“I am working at a salon because that is all the work I can do. What is really sad is the fact that my dad died in 2007 after teaching for 25 years. Since he died while I was 18, I qualified to get money to study from his pension fund. But that money won’t be released without my ID,” Nxumalo told The Witness.

“This has really upset me. It has put my life on hold for four years and I think it has changed me. I have always been a nice and tolerant person, but now I’m irritable. It does get me down,” she added.

“Things got really bad because my two older brothers did not work. They just recently got employment as security guards. I have two other siblings still in school. My mother also doesn’t work and had to fight to get her money released after my father’s death. They told us the money had to be released together. My ID was holding up the process.”

The department’s head of communication Ronnie Mamoepa said the department would find a proper solution to the matter and provided the newspaper with a number Nxumalo could call for assistance.

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