IN AN emotional letter Mhlongo wrote before committing suicide he explained how he was exploited and ill-treated by Home Affairs officials at the Pinetown offices.
"Farewell. I will miss you, but am sure that we will meet someday," he wrote.
"I have suffered a lot and had enough. I lost a job and when I see young people of my age working I feel hurt.
"I went to Home Affairs to apply for an ID, waited for three months and when I returned after three months I did not get it.
"On May 21 I went there again and was then told that I must bring along my mother. I told them my mother had died when I was still young but they would not listen.
"I went back home and brought along another mother to help me. They asked me if the woman ... was my mother. I said no.
"The official told me that because the woman I had brought ... was not my mother and had confessed that she could not bear children, I would never get an ID.
"I have so many debts, which I am struggling to pay. Death is the only option."