ID trouble causes licence dilemma

2008-07-06 00:00

HAVING used his driver’s licence since 2003 without being troubled by the traffic authorities, a Pietermaritzburg resident has recently discovered that the document he has been driving with is not valid and the traffic department are unable to explain the mistake.

Muzwakhe Brian Mandlakazi (28), from Caluza in Edendale, discovered problems with his driver’s licence when he went to the Transport Department office in Mkhondeni to apply for a Professional Driver’s Permit (PDP) on May 23. He had also intended to renew his expiring licence.

According to Transport Department records, Mandlakazi’s identity number (ID) belongs to a Capetonian, A.D.B. Davids, who does not have a licence. The department also discovered that his name is linked to a foreign ID number.

As a result of these two mistakes, his driver’s licence was declared invalid.

However, Home Affairs Department says there are no discrepancies with his document.

“Now I’m in a middle of nowhere, as the traffic department said it is Home Affairs that should rectify the mistake. At the same time, Home Affairs said it sees nothing wrong with my ID, therefore it said there is nothing to correct,” said Mandlakazi.

Mandlakazi has visited both the Home Affairs and Transport departments on numerous occasions in an attempt to solve his problem. Last week, the departments finally got fed up with his constant visits and told him to go away with his problem.

On top of being unable to apply for the PDP, Mandlakazi’s problem is made worse by the fact that his driver’s licence is expiring in October.

Ever since he obtained the licence at the Mkhondeni’s traffic office, Mandlakazi has been driving without being troubled by traffic authorities.

“A number of times I have been stopped at roadblocks, but traffic officials never found anything wrong with my licence. The last time I was stopped was at the beginning of May,” Mandlakazi said.

He is in possession of a printout from the Home Affairs Department that reflects that his ID number is correctly linked to his names.

Transport Department spokeswoman Zinhle Mngomezulu confirmed that Mandlakazi’s ID number only reflects Davids’s name when searched on the department’s computer.

She promised to take the matter up with relevant offices in the department.

bhans@witness.co.za

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