Hope for teen struggling to obtain I.D.

2015-11-25 06:22

SNQOBILE Zulu (19) who has been struggling for two years to obtain a birth certificate and an identity document visited the KwaDukuza Department of Home Affairs (DHA) offices last Friday following an article that was published in the Stanger Weekly last week.

When contacted for comment, office manager of the KwaDukuza DHA, Deon Moonsamy said Zulu should come into the office so that he could have a look at her case.

Zulu said she went to the department of Home Affairs on Friday and once an official had a look at her file it was discovered that an error had occurred when her father applied for birth certificates for her and her sister when they were younger.

“I was told by the [DHA] official that my father had actually applied for birth certificates for my sister and I. That was when our identity numbers were swooped by mistake, I was told,” said Zulu.

She said her older sister had also struggled with obtaining an identity document when she turned 18 in 2011. However, she was eventually issued the correct identity number.

“The computers at the department of Home Affairs still reflect the incorrect identity number for my name but they promised it would be fixed soon,” said Zulu.

She said she was told that she should return with her sister, letters from the primary schools they attended, copies of their parents’ identity documents and a letter from their ward councillor.

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