ID Nightmare to End Soon
In 2004 Thakane Setai went to the Home Affairs offices in Phuthaditjhaba to apply for her green bar-coded ID hoping that this would change her life. But her happiness was short-lived when the ID document arrived, showing that she was classified as a male.
“My life has been reduced to a nightmare. I can’t even get a job. This thing is killing me because my life has been turned into a misery,” said the unemployed Ms Setai.
“I have been trying to correct this problem for the past six years and I hope this will finally be resolved,” said the 22-year-old Setai who was accompanied by her mother, Ms Pontsho Setai, to reapply at mobile offices stationed at Charles Mopeli Stadium for the duration of the “Taking Parliament to the People” week in Qwaqwa. After reapplying to have the problem fixed she sounds more hopeful that her problem will be solved.
According to Thuli Mbonambi, Home Affairs regional manager, more than 35 people had visited the offices and had certificates, ranging from birth, marriage and death issued to them on the first day of “Taking Parliament to the People”, on Monday.
Regarding Ms Setai’s reapplication, he said the “process usually takes six weeks but her case could be processed sooner than that because we are now liaising with the head office about possibly fast-tracking it.”
Other government departments and parastatals that are having exhibitions at the event include the South African Social Security Agency, the National Youth Development Agency, the Free State Public Works and Rural Development department, the National Students Financial Aid Scheme and Freedom Park. – Lokile Molefe