Man in limbo over double identity

2016-04-19 10:15
ID theft is surprisingly easy in SA. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

ID theft is surprisingly easy in SA. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Greytown man Falakhe Dlamini, is living with the sad reality that somewhere in South Africa, there is a man who possesses the same identity number as him, resulting in him not being able to claim UIF.

Since he was retrenched in 2011, Dlamini has been sent from pillar to post by the Department of Labour as he tries to access UIF money he paid monthly while he was still employed.

Dlamini said the department keep telling him his case is on hold after they picked up that there was another Dlamini, sharing the same name and identity number as Dlamini, who is still employed and contributing to the fund.

Despite Dlamini having been subjected to two verification processes by the Department of Home Affairs, which The Witness was furnished proof of, the department said the matter was still under investigation.

“There is a period of service and claim but these have been put on hold due to possibly another client possessing the same ID,” said Shadrack Mashalaba, the department spokesperson.

Mashalaba could not give an indication of how long the investigation could take or the status of the investigation.

Dlamini, who has a wife and four children, said he had exhausted all his savings trying to sort out the identity issue.

“I have to spend over R100 to get to Pietermaritzburg because at the Greytown office they are not willing to help me. They always tell me that my case is still on hold.

“I do not know what more I can do because Home Affairs has cleared me,” he said.

He is now doing odd jobs in his home village.

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