Bernado Sumbe, a South African from Bekkersdal, has penned an open letter to the Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, highlighting how the department has failed him as a citizen.
Bernado Sumbe, a citizen whose parents hailed from Mozambique, says that the Minister of Home Affairs has failed him.
Sumbe explains that his parents had been granted permanent residency in South Africa in 1996, four years after his birth in a local hospital.
In 2007, Sumbe had first attempted to apply for his Identity Document, but over a decade later his attempts have been unsuccessful:
"Home Affairs officials kept on telling me that the reason this is happening is because I was born before my parents got their permenant residency. In 2011, I was advised to apply for a passport so that I can follow the procedure that my parents went through."
However, Sumbe claims that after applying for his residency more delays followed.After repeatedly being told to return in a months time, he was advised to apply again only to get the same results.
After his local Home Affairs relocated, Sumbe tried again only to be told to apply for a costly relative permit. An unemployed man, with both parents also unemployed, this process was something that was out of reach for Sumbe.
Stranded in a country, with no tangible help in sight, Sumbe says he simply wants to do the things that other South Africans may well take for granted, calling on the Minister to aid him:
" I so wish to participate in South African activities, just like everybody else. My dreams have failed because of this. Can you please assist as Home Affairs officials don't care about others, please change my life."
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