Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Though Jack Skhosana is alive and kicking, he is officially dead.
Skhosana 26, who hails from Suurman village, said without his knowledge he was issued a death certificate in 2003 by the Home Affairs Department in Hammanskraal.
Skhosana discovered he was "dead" when he visited Pretoria last week to buy a new vehicle.
"On my arrival the car dealer requested my ID book, but the computer rejected it."
Skhosana said the car dealer advised him to contact home affairs.
"I didn't believe it when the home affairs official told me that their records showed that I was certified dead in March 2003.
"The death certificate was issued in my name and my ID book was no longer valid."
He said the certificate stated that he had died from heart failure.
"I have never lost my ID book, but my names and the number on my cancelled ID book were similar to those on the death certificate.
"I want to know why and who is really behind this? I want to know why they want to kill me while I am still alive?" he asked angrily.
Dikeledi Mogomotsi, the Home Affairs' manager in the Moretele region, said he would immediately investigate Skhosana's case.
Mogomotsi said that in some cases it was found that family members would certify a relative as dead to claim the "deceased's" estate.