Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
In March 2002 Sibusiso Jele applies for an identity document at the Department of Home Affairs offices at New Canada, Johannesburg.
He is told to come back in six months.
After six months his ID is not ready and he is told to come back two months later.
When he does so, Jele is greeted by a note on the office door saying people who want to collect their IDs must go to the main Johannesburg offices.
There, Jele finds there is no trace of his ID.
"I was told to reapply," he says.
In December 2002 Jele applies for his ID for the second time.
This time he changes his surname from that of his mother to Jele, his father's surname. He submits all the relevant documents, including his parents' marriage certificate, copies of their IDs and affidavits confirming the surname change.
After months of waiting, Jele discovers that his surname has been misspelt. The system shows Tele, instead of Jele, and he is told to return in a few months while the problem is fixed.
In 2004 he is told to go to Home Affairs with his parents and submit affidavits confirming that he is Jele and not Tele, as it appears on the system.
Jele again waits in vain for his ID.
In May this year he is told that his papers have been sent to Pretoria.
On November 17 he is told his ID is still not ready.