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ID hitches dash man's career dream

By unknown | Jul 31, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A Limpopo man's life-long dream of becoming an academic is slowly being dashed after he could not get financial assistance because he does not have an identity document.

Lambret Ndlovu, 24, had hoped to study environmental mining and geology at the University of Venda.

Ndlovu says his failure to obtain an ID was due to bungling by the Home Affairs Department.

His first application for an ID was processed in 2004. He went again a year later but still did not get the document.

He says he was told that the fingerprints taken from him then differed from those taken previously.

"An official even went the extent of telling me that I was a foreigner.

"I did not understand this because I had produced a birth certificate to prove that I was born in this country.

"My parents were also born here and they both have South African IDs," said Ndlovu.

Mantshele Tau, a Home Affairs Department spokesman, said they had a responsibility to see to it that Ndlovu and other South Africans with ID problems were helped.

"As part of a major turnaround strategy, we are looking into ID processing and other important aspects of the broader functions of the department to resolve problems being encountered by the public," said Tau.


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