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Home Affairs bungles woman's right to vote

By unknown | Mar 04, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

Zanele Precious Nkosi of Daantjie Trust near Nelspruit may not be able to vote despite being in possession of a green bar-coded ID.

She told Sowetan that she registered to vote at Daantjie but when she later went to check her details with the IEC she was told the disturbing news.

"I discovered that I'm registered to vote at Nhlazatshe near Badplaas, more than 200km away from my home," said Nkosi, 25.

"I can't travel to an area unknown to me and this means I can't vote," she added.

Nkosi said she applied for an ID at the Nelspruit Home Affairs department in April 2003.

A few months later she was told that her ID had been mistakenly sent to their branch in Nhlazatshe.

"Instead of the officials making arrangements for the ID to be returned to the Nelspruit office they instructed me to apply for another ID," said Nkosi.

She reluctantly did this and was given a temporary ID.

Nkosi eventually obtained her ID in February 2004 and "became the happiest woman on earth". Little did she know that her problems were not yet over.

She went to Standard Bank to open a savings account, only to be told that she already had one with the bank.

"I got the shock of my life when I discovered that the bank account was opened in Nhlazatshe," said Nkosi.

"The bank official advised me to go to Home Affairs for help."

Home Affairs officials told her she did not share her ID with anyone, but the latest shock came when she went to check if she was registered with the IEC.

The IEC's regional commissioner, Steve Ngwenya, was not available for comment yesterday .

Home Affairs spokesperson Joseph Mohajane advised Nkosi to return to the Nelspruit office with her problem.


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