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The Department of Home Affairs has done it again.
When Nthabiseng Maseko, 30, of Protea North, Soweto, went to apply for her two-year-old daughter Gauta Mochumele's unabridged birth certificate in December she got the shock of her life.
"Home Affairs officials at Market Street in Johannesburg said I had another child named Christine Maseko who was born in 1997," Maseko said.
"I tried to explain that Gauta was my only child, but they would not listen. Instead they told me to get myself a lawyer because they cannot trace the child and do not have authorisation to remove her from my file."
Christine Maseko is listed as her second child, despite the fact that Gauta was born only on September 3 2004.
Maseko said she had submitted all the relevant information to the department.
Abigail Mngadi, a department official, told Maseko in e-mail correspondence that her supervisor, a Mrs Broederyk, said it was difficult to remove the child from Maseko's file, especially because no one knew where she was.
"I cannot afford a lawyer to take the matter to the high court," Maseko said.
Home Affairs spokesman Mantshele Tau said: "This is one of the rarest cases I have ever come across. We are concerned that a member of the community is going through such a thing."