- A girl, 18, matriculated with a B pass and two distinctions last year
- However, her dream of studying towards a degree in law is in jeopardy thanks to the South African government
- Mukrab David was born in SA, but, her parents are from Ethiopia
- Because her parents are immigrants, the government refuses to give David an ID
Mukrab David is a bright young woman who is capable of grabbing an opportunity with both hands, according to one of her 2018 matric classmates.
However, despite passing grade 12 with two distinctions and a bachelor's pass, David's future is filled with uncertainty.
The beautiful 18-year-old girl dreams of studying law. However, one needs an ID document to register at any South African Higher Education Institute. And, that's exactly where David has a problem.
According to a letter she wrote to Identify My Identity, a Facebook group aimed at helping people share their ID struggle stories, the SA government refuses to help her obtain an ID because her parents were Ethiopian immigrants.
"I'm a girl born in South Africa but originally come from an Ethiopian family. So now like every normal child that is born in South Africa, instead of receiving an actual birth certificate like every normal system of a country, we are given something entirely different, having foreign parents in a world where language is a challenge, they were convinced its a birth certificate well that is what it says in bold on the paper," she explained on Identify My Identity.
Briefly.co.za gathered the certificate David's parents received at her birth differs from that of babies born to South African parents.
According to David, the piece of paper does not contain an identification number, which is needed to get an ID. To make matters worse, David would also not be eligible for asylum in South Africa.
"I also opted for accepting the reality that I'm not considered as a citizen and decided to get an Asylum paper or a study permit but truth is people who get this paper need to have a citizenship somewhere around the world," she added.
Because David was born in South Africa, she does not have citizenship in her parents' home country, Ethiopia.
The government's refusal to help her with an ID and her ineligibility to seek asylum means David would not be able to work or study in SA this year.
David is not alone, many other teens face similar issues.
"Truth be told this breaks so many hearts. And, we just want this to stop because it has a bad impact on a child- mentally and physically. Especially when I almost couldn't write my NSC exams."
If anyone of our readers know how to help David obtain her legal Identification Document, please inbox us on our Facebook page.
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