- 61-year-old Nosango Gcobile lost most of her close relatives when she was still a child
- As a result, she never got a birth certificate and ID
- She finally received her first ever ID in July
An elderly woman from Ngqeleni in the Eastern Cape received her first ever ID at the age of 61 recently.
Gogo Nosango Gcobile lost her parents, uncles, and aunts at a very young age, Daily Sun reports. As a result, she never obtained a birth certificate and ID.
She lived with her cousin and ended up dropping out of school, Briefly.co.za learned. Throughout her life, she survived on odd jobs because she couldn't get a formal job.
Her lack of ID also affected her children, who similarly couldn't get their documents. She explained:
My firstborn (30) dropped out of school in grade 3, and her two siblings aged 27 and 25 did the same thing. They dropped out because they did not have IDs.
Fortunately, Lumka Mbangiswana, a community development worker, heard of gogo Gcobile's plight and helped her obtain a birth certificate and ID.
Gogo Gcobile was overjoyed upon finally getting the document and thanked Lumka profusely:
When I held my ID for the first time in July I could not believe that the nightmare was over. Some of my children will get the opportunity to write matric.
Lumka learned of the gogo's plight through a local initiative known as Local Communicators. It enables residents to convey their issues to local authorities.
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