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George Teke Matshelanoka's life has been turned upside down by a man using his identity document to buy goods while he is waiting for the Department of Home Affairs to issue him with a duplicate.
Matshelanoka, 37, of Roodepoort, lost his ID in January.
He immediately applied for a new document at the Department of Home Affairs in Roodepoort. They gave him a temporary ID while a new one was being processed.
"I went to Home Affairs after the three-month waiting period. I was told my ID had been done and was waiting for collection at the dispatch unit," Matshelanoka said.
But things took a turn for the worse last week.
He received a call from Woolworths next to Monte Casino in Johannesburg.
"They asked me if I had bought goods earlier. I told them I hadn't and I was called to the shop."
On arrival at Woolworths Matshelanoka found a man with the ID he had been waiting for. It had been issued on March 4.
"The man had my names, ID number and address - but with a different picture."
The man had already bought goods worth R2500 using Matshelanoka's ID. He was arrested by the Douglasdale police on the spot.
Matshelanoka went to Roodepoort the next day to make enquiries at Home Affairs.
"They told me my ID was still in the dispatch unit in Pretoria and I could go there if I wanted to."
Police spokesman Inspector Balan Muthan said the man who stole Matshelanoka's ID had appeared in the Randburg magistrate's court on Friday and was released on bail.