Three years and still waiting for her ID

2019-07-03 06:01
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WHILE completing matric, Nomfundo Maphumulo (21) from Imbali Unit 1 said she had dreams of furthering her studies. However, making those dreams a reality came to a halt as she still does not have a South African identity document.

Maphumulo said she applied for an ID in June 2016 and was told to collect it after two weeks. It been three years now and still, Maphumulo has not received her ID.

“I needed my ID to write my matric final examinations. When I went back after two weeks to collect it, I was told that something went wrong with my fingerprints and I must re-do them — which I did. I was told again to come back after two weeks for collection.

“When I came back I was told that there are missing documents that I need to bring — which I did. They also made me sign another form with all my information but till today, there is no progress,” she said.

Maphumulo says Home Affairs officials still claim that there are missing documents.

“I do not know what to do now. I have submitted the same documents that they want about 20 times now, but whenever I go to enquire I am told that the same documents that I have been submitting are missing and I must re-submit them.

“My life has been on hold for the past three years because of this ID.

I passed my matric with good results and I wanted to go study nursing but I cant.

“The National Student Financial Aid System (NSFAS) cannot fund me because I don’t have an ID and I do not even have a bank account because of this issue. I have run out of options now. I am tired of going up and down to Home Affairs because they are not helping anyway,” she said.

Maphumulo said what hurts her the most is that this has wasted three years of her life that she will never get back.

“The people that I did Grade 12 with are so close in completing their degrees now and I am sitting at home doing nothing because I do not have an ID. I cannot even get a cleaning job. I wasn’t even able to vote. I just want my ID so that I can go on with my life.”

Home Affairs provincial spokesperson Cyril Mncwabe did not respond to the questions sent to him by the time of going to print.


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