New ID gives woman new lease on life

2012-11-02 08:24
An overjoyed Judy du Plessis with her new ID book. (Charl Devenish, Volksblad)

An overjoyed Judy du Plessis with her new ID book. (Charl Devenish, Volksblad)

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Johannesburg - A Bloemfontein woman is overjoyed after she finally received a new ID after six years of fighting with the home affairs department.

Judy du Plessis, 28, said she couldn’t have received a better gift on her birthday than a brand new ID book with a new ID number, reported Volksblad.

The single mother of two had been fighting for years with the department after her ID number was stolen. Du Plessis said she resorted to tears, threats and even considered suicide to get an ID document.

“I sat in the home affairs department offices and cried and screamed out loud. I’m very excited. A huge burden has been lifted. For the first time in six years I can live again…” said Du Plessis.

She can now open her own bank account, apply for work and bursaries for her sons - and marry her fiancé.

 “It’s the beginning of a new life,” said an overjoyed Du Plessis.

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