- A local man living in Cape Town is desperately trying to get his ID card but cannot do so and has been told he does not exist
- Lesley Basson shares an identity number with another person and the 34-year-old can't find good employment or even get married
- He first tried to get his ID 13 years ago and is still struggling with this task that many of us take for granted
Lesley Basson is 34-years-old and all he wants is to live a normal life and do ordinary things such as find a good job and get married.
But since he does not have an ID, he can't do that, and Home Affairs is not being super helpful. In fact, he was told that he doesn't exist.
IOL News reports that Lesley first tried to apply for his ID 13 years ago, but has not been successful.
"I was told I do not exist and that there is someone with my name, ID number and an ID living in Cape Town."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Lesley and his older brother were abandoned by their mother and they were raised by foster parents.
Although he did not complete school, he is passionate about electrical work and carpentry.
"I went to school, I didn’t finish because I was in two accidents and my granny said I should stop going to school because it affected me."
The only person who can help him is his mother, but Lesley has little hope of ever finding her.
"They said the only person who can help me fix this is my mother and I don’t know her, I never met her. I was a baby when she left us at the home so I don’t even know where to start looking for her."
Weekend Argus reported that David Hlabane of Home Affairs said Lesley should revisit his nearest branch so officials can verify his ID number and if he is a citizen of SA and was registered, the issue should be resolved.
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