Komatipoort baby finally registered

2012-12-19 14:41

Mbombela - Following several critical media reports, the home affairs department has finally registered the birth of a premature baby born only seven months after his brother.

The parents of 3-month-old Abraham Jacobus (Jaco) Smith had battled for months to get the department to issue a birth certificate for their child, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Parents Braam Smith, 43, and his wife, Suzette, from Komatipoort in Mpumalanga, were told by a government official at the mobile home affairs office at the hospital that they could not register their son. The system did not make provision for more than one baby per year to be registered to the same set of parents.

A day after media reports on the matter appeared last week, a home affairs official contacted Braam Smith and told him he could collect his child's birth certificate.

Smith said it was a huge relief to have completed his son's registration in time to meet the 90-day deadline for submission of the birth certificate to his medical aid, failing which he would have had to cover the R1m neonatal ICU bill himself.

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2012-12-19 14:50

    That's such great news to hear and to read.

  • karabo.legodi.54 - 2012-12-19 14:52

    Thank you Home Affairs.

  • elize.koen - 2012-12-19 14:56

    What happens when twins are born? Do they only register the first baby?

      clara.viljee - 2012-12-19 15:06

      Good question - such rubbish and nonsense from Home Affairs - shame on them!!!!

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2012-12-19 15:52

      Excellent question, but unfortunately you will just get an "eish" answer....

      en.gineer.359 - 2012-12-19 17:11

      Very stupid question. Do you not know anyone with twins? Have you not seen twins with your own 2 eyes going about their business? Do you think that for all the twins you've seen in SA, that only one is registered? Do you honestly believe that? Stupido

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2012-12-19 20:37

      en.gineer.359 - Aren't you a prized idiot, What are you an anc voter too? "The system did not make provision for more than one baby per year to be registered to the same set of parents." The question was rhetoric, you imbecile, in the sense that home affairs are a -like the anc - a bunch of lairs or dont know how to work the computer.

  • jolene.fourie - 2012-12-19 14:57

    OMG what a load of bullcrap. Poor family... Lucky they didnt have twins! Imagine the excuse then

  • cassie.barns.5 - 2012-12-19 14:59

    Happy story for once!!! Yea y!!

  • carolyn.simshandcock - 2012-12-19 15:11

    Thank God they did not have twins - imagine the hullaballoo at Home Affairs then!

  • pennie.innieslot - 2012-12-19 15:39

    A woman is pregnant for 9 months. It is quite possible to have a baby in January and another in November or December.... How many months in their year?

      michael.i.wright - 2012-12-19 16:40

      Precisely my thoughts on that.

  • marschoeman - 2012-12-19 16:10

    Hao... You want me to work twice in the same year...? Aik├┤na... My prez says I can get paid for doing nothing...

  • di.hingley - 2012-12-19 21:47

    Imagine if there were two sets of twins born in one year to the same set of gestation is nine months it can happen, plus twins are usually born early!!!!!!!

  • kseyffert - 2012-12-19 23:30

    Documentation, documentation, documentation. If you get given nonsense like this, insist on haveing it is writing. This gives you proof that you are trying to resolve the issue if deadlines come and go. It gives you evidence if you decide to take the department to court for costs and more importantly, it makes the person behind the counter think twice before dishing up such nonsense. You will after all be able to go right back to them later....

  • peter.woods.142 - 2012-12-20 21:34

    People! Don't your'll get it? The home affairs official wanted a bribe to get the process going...hellooooooo!

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