Distraught woman can't get ID and birth certificate for her child

Distraught woman can't get ID and birth certificate for her child

- Thandeka Mtshali says her parents never got her an ID

- She therefore can't get a grant or birth certificate for her child

- Home Affairs insists she has to prove her identity

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A 28-year-old mom in Pretoria, Gauteng, claims her life is stuck because she's unable to get an identification document from the Department of Home Affairs.

Thandeka Mtshali's parents passed away many years ago without obtaining an ID for her, Briefly.co.za learned.

Speaking to People's Paper, Thandeka said she's therefore unable to obtain a birth certificate for her child.

Thandeka Mtshali can't get an ID. Source: Daily Sun/Morapedi Mashashe

Thandeka Mtshali can't get an ID. Source: Daily Sun/Morapedi Mashashe

In addition, Thandeka said she's unable to get a government grant or a formal job. She explained that when her parents passed away, she lived with different families.

The distraught mom-of-one did not complete her education because of her difficult upbringing.

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Thandeka also claimed that she has not received help from the local Home Affairs office, which insists that she has to get an older member of her family to prove her identity.

However, she said all her elders have passed away.

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Thabo Mokgola, a Home Affairs spokesperson, said Thandeka would have to go through a process of identification:

Late registration of birth has in the past been used to gain citizenship fraudulently. The department needs to satisfy itself through this process.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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