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By Frank Maponya | Apr 30, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The dream of a poor but brilliant Limpopo student to study chemical engineering could go up in smoke if the Department of Home Affairs does not speed up the processing of his ID.

Prince Ndlovu has been sitting idle at home because he is not eligible for any institution of higher learning because he has no ID.

The 21-year-old passed his matric with flying colours in 2007 at the Charles Mathonsi High School in Dan village outside Tzaneen.

But he could not continue with his studies.

Ironically, Ndlovu comes from the same village as premier Cassel Mathale.

He lives in the village with his mother and two sisters, of who are all unemployed.

He first applied for an ID when he was in matric but so far he has not received his ID.

"I have tried everything I could think of to get the ID but I have not been successful," Ndlovu said.

He said officials at Home Affairs in Tzaneen had advised him to resubmit ID photos, a parent's ID and a letter from the school he attended as proof of his being who he says he is.

He complied with everything but in vain.

"I'm keep asking myself what I could possibly have done to deserve this kind of shabby treatment," he said.

Ndlovu said he was accepted at Wits University but could not take up his studies because everywhere he went an ID was a requirement.

"Last year I was employed as a data capturer at the local clinic where I worked for a period of three months," he said.

"I had to stop working because my boss felt he had given me enough time to fix my problems with Home Affairs."

So far Ndlovu has not received his salary for the three months he worked because the department said it could not hand him the money in cash.

So he desperately needs an ID.

Ndlovu said even bursary institutions had turned their back on him because he could not produce an ID to open a bank account.

Ndlovu obtained an A symbol in physical science, B in mathematics, Ds in biology and geography, all in higher grade, and Cs in Tsonga and English.

Limpopo departmental spokesperson Sam Moremi said he was disappointed with his officials for failing to attend to Ndlovu's problem and promised to do so "as soon as possible".


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