Two years without an I.D.

2015-11-18 06:00
Snqobile Zulu has been waiting for an I.D. for two years. PHOTO: MAKHOSANDILE ZULU

Snqobile Zulu has been waiting for an I.D. for two years. PHOTO: MAKHOSANDILE ZULU

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SNQOBILE Zulu (19) has never had a birth certificate and an identity document, and her 2013 application for these two documents has yielded no results.

“I can’t study, which is what I want to do,” she said.

Zulu says she initially applied for the two documents at the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) offices in Maphumulo, sometime in February 2013.

That year she was in Grade 12, at Theo-Hlalanathi High School in Maphumulo, and an identity document would be necessary for her to write her final exams.

Zulu says she returned around the end of March of the same year to collect her documents as she had been instructed by the DHA official who assisted her with her application, .

“I was told that my application is still being processed and that I should return after two weeks,” Zulu said.

After the two weeks had passed, she returned to the DHA offices only to be told that her application had been moved to the DHA KwaDukuza branch, she says.

Zulu said she was told that when she goes to the DHA KwaDukuza offices she should be accompanied by both her parents.

Due to being overly committed to her studies for her matric finals, Zulu says she and her parents could only go to the DHA KwaDukuza offices the following year.

She was assisted by an official whom, she says, told her that he is aware of her case and that her application is still being processed.

“I was told I should call this number 080060 1190 to check up on my application,” Zulu said.

After numerous calls, answered with “your application is still being processed”, and several visits to the DHA KwaDukuza offices, she was issued a case number to use to keep track of her application.

“Not having an I.D. has made me a joke to my peers because I cannot further my studies. I wanted to study journalism or drama, not to become a nanny,” she said.

Office manager of the DHA KwaDukuza, Deon Moonsamy said he cannot comment on the matter until he has had a look at Zulu’s application and investigated the matter thoroughly.

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