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By unknown | Sep 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Some would rename Inkandla "andla" because it has no ink.

But the situation in the northern KwaZulu-Natal is serious with bureaucrats from the Department of Home Affairs forcing people needing birth or death certificates to travel more than 100km because printers at Inkandla have no ink.

And the ink crisis has been going on for a month.

Mzothini Mpungose buried his daughter last week and yesterday sent his wife to home affairs at Inkandla for a death certificate.

But when she got there, she was told there was no ink.

"They told my wife to go to Melmoth, about 100km away from Inkandla for a death certificate.

"I had to borrow R150 for transport. It's incredible. How can an important government institution be without ink in an area like ours?"

His wife, Ziphokuhle, said: "I was told by a no-nonsense official that they don't have ink. He said either I go to Melmoth or come back another time.

"This happens a lot and I wish senior officials can come and see how we are treated here."

Locals say similar problems happen at social welfare offices.

David Mthimkhulu, the manager at the Home Affairs Departmen at Inkandla, acknowledged there was an ink crisis, but said it was not a common occurrence.

"We do experience problems with ink because we don't have stationery shops around here. We have to order from Empangeni or Durban.

"By the end of the week, we will have it," he promised.

Mthimkhulu denied that his department sent people to Melmoth.

He claimed they issued them with hand-written certificates and gave them dates to collect printed ones.

Halala Sibiya, chairman of the Jacob Zuma RDP Education Trust Fund, said people were regularly shunted from pillar to post by government bureaucrats.

"There's a woman who had to spend a whole week sleeping at a police station before she got help," Sibiya said.


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