“I’d kill myself, but with no ID...

2016-02-11 06:00
 Portia Voko is still waiting for her ID six years later. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Portia Voko is still waiting for her ID six years later. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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“I sometimes think of killing myself but since I don’t have an ID, that means I will nevere receive a proper burial. Which is the only reason I have not killed myself. will never be buried properly, that is the only reason I am still alive” these were the painful words of struggling mother of four who has been waiting for her Identity Document.

Portia Voko, 41, from Site B has been struggling to get her ID after she lost her document in 2010 when she was travelling to Cape Town from the Eastern Cape.

At the time she was staying in Hout Bays’ Imizamo Yethu so she went to the Wynberg Home affairs office.

“After I waited for three months I went back to check up but I was shocked to find out that there was a problem as my original ID and the one I did after getting married did not have the same date of birth.

They told me I had to come back a month later and ever since then Its been a back and forth till I came to live in Khayelitsha in 2012,” she said.

The heartbroken mother told City Vision that she went to the Khayelitsha office but she still did not get her ID.

“They told me that I must redo it and then told me that it may take a while since I was re-applying for an ID.
I have tried to call the call centre, social workers even the local council but nothing happens,” she said.

She said that she came to the Cape to find a job something that she hasn’t managed to do in six years because of her lack of paper work.

“Even to work as a domestic no one wants to hire you if you don’t have an ID. They get concerned about criminal activity and it’s hard for people to trust you. I have had many people offering me jobs but changing their minds when they find out that I don’t have an ID,” she explained.

“I feel like a foreigner because I cannot do anything. I’m struggling to support my children and they also can’t get IDs because I don’t have it. I can’t even receive government grant and this affects me so much because I only survive by what my boyfriend can afford to give me,” she cried.

Local councillor Luvuyo Hebe said that Voko must come to her and he will do his level best to help her.

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