I feel the pain of Busisiwe Khoza (Sowetan, August 14). I am in the same boat.
My ID book was stolen two years ago and the thief stopped my bank card, got a new one and withdrew money from my account.
A case was opened with the police and I was told that they could not arrest the person because they didn't know who was doing this.
Isn't it the job of the police to find this out?
Anyway, two years later, with still no sign of the culprit, last month I received one of those e-mails asking me to verify my marital status with the Department of Home Affairs. I typed in my ID number only to find that I am married to a stranger.
And, horror of horrors, this union took place in the Boksburg home affairs office.
I had never even been to Boksburg until the day I had to go to home affairs there about this marriage.
Needless to say, the staff there were very rude and I had to cough up money to apply for a new ID.
Which baffles me because I have one with all my correct details.
But who am I to argue with "procedure".
Now I am patiently waiting for home affairs to "complete their investigation". Lord knows how long that will take.
Another illegally married Parktown