'My ID was used fraudulently'

Alfred Moselakgomo

The police are investigating how a Mpumalanga man's identity document, which was in the custody of the Department of Home Affairs, was given to the wrong person who used it to buy a car fraudulently.

As a result Pele Klaas Modisha of Metsenangwana, KwaMhlanga, has been blacklisted "after defaulting on his instalment".

Modisha, 55, told Sowetan yesterday that he was shocked when Gauteng police came to his house with a warrant for his arrest because he had defaulted on payments for his Nissan Navara bakkie for six months.

"The two policemen told me that I had never paid any instalment nor contacted the car dealer since paying a R15000 deposit. They told me that they had come to arrest me. I told them that I never bought a car anywhere," Modisha said.

He said he had applied for a new identity document at the Home Affairs offices at Vaalbank as his old ID was damaged.

"It was after the police visit that I went to Home Affairs to enquire about my ID. The officials at KwaMhlanga told me that my ID had been collected.

"I don't have peace of mind. Who knows what other crimes are being committed with my information?" he asked.

Police spokesman Captain Lazarus Mokobi confirmed yesterday that somebody had bought a Nissan Navara worth R400000 in Modisha's name. He said they were investigating how Modisha's ID got out of Home Affairs without his consent.

Mokobi said: "Our investigations have revealed that the car, which was bought in Modisha's name, had crossed the border at Beitbridge to Zimbabwe."