Now alive, but still no pay

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Pay days have come and gone, but a Limpopo teacher, who was erroneously declared dead by Home Affairs, has still not received her salary.

Despite assurances by the departments of Education and Home Affairs that they were "working round the clock" to make her "death" a "thing of the past", Tshifhiwa Rebecca Leshabane, 43, a teacher at Rammila Secondary School in Giyani has not received her salary since February.

Leshabane said an Education Department official told her Home Affairs had informed them that she was dead.

"When I went to Home Affairs they said they had instructed the Education Department not to process my salary because they have evidence that I am dead," she said.

"But officials later said it was a computer error and I should bring my ID number to prove I am alive."

Sowetan is in possession of a letter from Home Affairs addressed to the Education Department that reads in part: "This letter serves to confirm that Tshifhiwa Rebecca Leshabane is still alive. Our system erroneously shows that she passed away on 1/11/2007."

Home Affairs officials yesterday said they were in the process of solving her problem. Department provincial spokesman Ndo Mangala said: "Leshabane's matter is receiving serious attention."