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ID muddle derails student's plans

By TODANI NODOBA | 2010-05-20 00:00:00.0

SIVUYILE Myathaza says Home Affairs' maladministration has made him lose out on one job and now he will not graduate this year if he does not get the correct identity document.

Myathaza, pictured, was born in Eastern Cape in 1976 and wrote his matric examinations in 1996 without an ID.

In 1997 he applied for an ID with Home Affairs in Eastern Cape, but when he got it the year of his birth had been changed to 1974.

He sent it back but was issued with a second ID with another wrong birth date.

"I never thought this would have an effect on my life until I went to Mpumalanga, where I was invited for a job interview at the Kriel mine in January 2005. They picked up that the birth date on my matric certificate and the one on the ID did not correspond and told me to sort this out before I could write the interview test," Myathaza said.

Though he applied for another ID in Bethal, he never received it. In June 2006 the same office told him to reapply. He kept on checking until March 2007, when he went to Cape Town.

He then applied for the fourth time at the Nyanga Home Affairs office.

But again he had no luck.

"Every time I would be told that my reapplication was not on the computer system."

In 2008 the Home Affairs office in central Cape Town told him to reapply. He submitted letters of confirmation from his school principal and the hospital where he was born, but in 2009 he was told to bring more proof.

"They told me in March 2009 to submit more proof but they couldn't tell me what to submit" he said.

Myathaza, a fourth-year nursing student at the University of Western Cape , said he was told recently by the university's admissions office that he would not get a degree certificate at the end of the year if he did not get a new ID. That means he will remain jobless.

Home Affairs also refused to let his wife and two-year -old son take up his surname "until the problem is sorted out".

Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said: "We are handing over Myathaza's case to Home Affairs officials who will sort out the matter as soon as possible".