Worry over DHA error

2018-03-30 06:01

AKOKSTAD woman, Ntombizonke Mjoli (25), is concerned about the future of her three-year-old daughter after she received an incorrect birth certificate from the local Department of Home Affairs (DHA) office in March 27, 2014.
On the birth certificate, her daughter is incorrectly declared as male instead of female.

Mjoli told the Fever that she gave birth on March 24, 2014, and three days later, she applied for a birth certificate for her daughter. “On her birth certificate I noticed that instead of writing female, they wrote male and I asked officials to fix the mistake. I was told to complete a form to correct the mistake,” said Mjoli.

She added that in 2015 and 2016, she made several phone calls and sometimes visited the local Home Affairs office with the purpose of getting the correct birth certificate, but was told to wait.

In January 2017, she visited the local (DHA) office and was told that her application was declined and was given a second birth certificate with the same error after she misplaced the first one.

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In January this year, she completed another form and had to paid a R70 fee for a correct birth certificate, but when followed up with the department on March 13, she was informed that her application was not received.

She visited the local office once again, this time accompanied by Ward 1 member of Sukuma Sakhe, Mawethu Nocanda in March 15, and her application was not found on record.

“I want to know why my application disappeared and why my first application was declined because my child is not a male. My child is not accepted at any day care facility because of this error,” said Mjoli.

She said the child support grant of her daughter was stopped in 2014 because of incorrect birth certificate. Mjoli is also concerned that next year her daughter will be starting Grade R and no school will accept her with incorrect birth certificate. Nocanda promised to assist Mjoli until she gets the correct birth certificate. The department was not able to respond to the Fever at time of going to press.

This Sunday the baby is celebrating her fourth birthday.

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