ID problems could lose local man (46) his first permanent job

2011-06-15 00:00

THE joy of having his first full-time job was cut short when a Pietermaritzburg man was told that he will be fired if he fails to get his (ID) from the Department of Home Affairs.

Now Thamsanqa Joel Zuma, who only got his first permanent job in March, is panicking at the thought of losing the job and returning to a life of unemployment.

Before being employed as a gardener at Manline, the 46-year-old resident of Snathing in Edendale had spent most of his time on CBD street corners waiting for piecemeal jobs.

He needed the job to support his unemployed 24-year-old sister and nine-year-old niece.

“Getting a permanent job was the last thing I had expected. It was huge surprise since I spent most of my adult life doing odd jobs.

“Right when I was thinking that my life has changed for the better I’m about to lose my job because of the ID,” he said.

His lucky break came barely a month after he had been attacked by criminals in Retief Street.

He was robbed of his belongings and lost his ID, which he carried with him all the time.

“Then in March I was lucky when a truck from Home Affairs came to my area to help people apply for identity documents in preparation for local government elections.

“I was disappointed when I went to the Home Affairs offices in Church Street to check for my ID on June 8. I was told that it came back reflecting that it belongs to two people.

“They told me that I must return to collect it between September and October,” he said.

Zuma said the other person who shares the ID is Jowel Zuma. Zuma’s ID number ends with 86 whereas that of Jowel Zuma ends with 13.

“My employer last paid my salary by cheque, and told me that it was not com pany policy.

“They gave me until the end of the month to get the ID or lose my job,” he said.

An official in Manline’s human resources department confirmed that Zuma has been given until month end to get an ID.

“I cannot keep him if he does not have an ID. We need this ID so that we can help him open a bank account. The condition of employment is that they should have bank accounts.

“It has been two months that we have been waiting for him to solve this problem. We also called Home Affairs in an effort to help him,” said the official, who didn’t give a name.

Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa referred The Witness to Home Affairs deputy director in civil services,Vusumuzi Mkhize.

Mkhize said he would attend to Zuma’s problem and promised have an answer tomorrow.

Limpopo problems

Sapa recently reported that a 70-year-old Limpopo woman was told her dead parents would need to accompany her to the home affairs department to prove her origins before it would issue her with an identity document, according to the DA.

“As a result of this absurd insistence from officials, Mama Paulinah has never voted since the dawn of democracy, she is unable to receive her old age grant and stays in a shack when all her neighbours have RDP houses,” said Democratic Alliance Limpopo leader Desiree van der Walt.

Mamoepa said he was not aware of the incident.

If it were true, it was “despicable and unimaginable” to expect a 70-year old woman to produce her parents to ensure that she got an identity document, he said.

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