This must be the ultimate: Home Affairs delegitimising a perfectly legitimate South African.
We have published countless stories of how this department has dehumanised people.
A frustrated young man, Tebelo Mothibedi, once had to threaten an official with a toy gun because he could not get an ID book years after he had applied for it.
Yesterday, we reported how 20-year-old Mandisa Mthembu of Soweto had been told she was not South African. She and her twin sister were adopted by a South African when they were a year-old.
For the umpteenth time we plead with government: clean up this rotted department.