'Life is very hard with no ID book'

Masoka Dube

Masoka Dube

"My unknown twin sister stands in my way to success," she said.

These were the words of a depressed 22-year-old woman who has been struggling to obtain an identity document since 2005.

Busisiwe Nathi Mathobela of Marite village in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, says she cannot find a job or further her studies.

Mathobela said she applied for an ID in Hazyview, but when she went to collect it the officials told her it could not be issued because her "twin sister" had already obtained her own document.

"They said we share the same ID number, therefore, I have to bring her along.

"I told them I don't have a twin sister but they insisted that I bring her. They gave me her mother's contact details.

"After investigating the matter we found that my unknown "twin's" mother lives in KwaZulu-Natal. I asked her to meet with me to discuss the issue but she refused," said Mathobela.

"Last year I completed Grade 12 but I can't further my studies," she said.

"I am struggling to get a job and my child is not registered for a grant. Making ends meet is very hard without an ID."

Joseph Mohajane of Home Affairs said they are investigating the matter.