ID papers:?woman wins 7-year battle

2010-07-05 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG woman, Thirusha Naidoo (24), who battled for seven years to obtain a valid identity document, last week had cause to celebrate — both the delivery of her identity book and her admission as an attorney.

Naidoo told The Witness she is “over the moon” at finally being officially recognised as a South African citizen.

The lack of her identity document resulted in her being unable to vote in elections, being unable to open a bank account in her name, obtain a learner’s or driver’s licence and hindered her admission as an attorney. She said this made her feel like a child.

Judge Kevin Swain granted a high court order late last month instructing the Director-General of Home Affairs to process Naidoo’s application for her identity document “forthwith”.

The court order followed eight previous unsuccessful applications by her — from January 2003.

Not only could she not obtain an identity document, but in 2005 she discovered that her identity number had been duplicated.

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