More ID foul-ups

2008-04-21 00:00

WAVES of incompetence appear to be sweeping through the Home Affairs Department.

The Witness has been flooded with complaints from the public about the department’s incompetence recently.

One of the complainants is Nkosinathi Dube, who applied for a new ID immediately after losing his old one in March last year, and has subsequently been issued — twice — with IDs bearing the wrong photos.

When he collected his document in June last year, he was shocked to find that it had a photo of a white man, who looked a few years younger than him.

“When I went to complain about this at the city’s Home Affairs offices, I was told to re-apply. This time I had to wait for about 10 months, and when it finally arrived, I was shocked again to find that it had a picture of an eight-year-old girl,” said Dube.

The ID book also looked old and used. His suspicions were confirmed when he saw that the date of issue was December 15, 2003. “I applied for this ID book in 2007, so the issue date should have been 2007 or 2008. This looks very fishy,” he said.

Dube, who is unemployed, is in desperate need of his ID to go for a driver’s test as his learner’s licence expires in September. He lives with his grandmother, who is the sole breadwinner in the family. He said she struggled to save money for him to get his licence so that he can get a job and help support the family.

Bukeka Donga said she was fortunate to get her ID. After a long wait, it arrived in a strange way two years ago. While she was waiting for it to arrive to replace the duplicate she had been issued, a friend came to her with her ID, saying that young men had found it in a public toilet.

“I applied for it in 2003. I had been visiting Home Affairs throughout 2004 and 2005 to fetch it. Then in 2006, my friend Maboni Mfokeng brought it to me, and it has all my correct details. She said that she found it in toilets in Berg Street. I was shocked, and skeptical, afraid that it must have been used to commit crime. I took it to the police, who didn’t pay any attention to my concern.

“But now I’m using it, and it seems to be fine,” said Donga.

Donga’s husband, Phiwayinkosi Mahlaba, has to re-apply, as his first application last year was fruitless.

“When I went to check in January, I was told that it was still in Pretoria, and I must return a week later. When I returned, I was again told to return two weeks later. Then I was told that it had arrived, but was still in one of the sealed boxes. Last week [April 8] I was told to re-apply,” said Mahlaba.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.