How are we expected to behave as citizens of our country? I guess that's not a difficult question … besides paying our taxes, contributing to the community, abiding by the law – you now, the normal "stuff"! What should WE as citizens expect? Well, one of the things I feel entitled to is my passport. I was born and bred in South Africa. I have a valid identity document and driver's license. I pay my taxes and have been in possession of a South African passport since my 16th birthday. I have travelled abroad and been granted VISA's to visit faraway places, so it came as quite a huge shock to me, when, on applying for a new passport (my old one had expired) – I was politely informed that I couldn't have one!
"You have TWO identity numbers" was the response! After 47 years, "how can I have two identity numbers?" "We should be asking YOU that!" was the Home Affairs CLERK's response! Well, I lost it. My sense of humor as well as my patience with the idiot behind the counter! Demanding an appointment with the head of home affairs in Randburg, I was told not to worry! That there was clearly a filing error in Pretoria and that it would be sorted out – no problem! Hmmm – two years later!
Upon checking the information on the Home Affairs data base, there are 2 ID numbers reflected under my name!
"Kindly visit your nearest Home Affairs office and submit the following:
- A full set of finger prints
- Two recent photographs
- A notice of birth application
- An affidavit
- A baptismal certificate or school letter
- A copy of my ID book and drivers license
- A renouncement letter
- A copy of my marriage certificate
- An affidavit that I am still alive
- The identity number of my daughter
These documents will enable them to do an investigation to solve the duplication!
I have broken no law, I do not even have an outstanding traffic fine – some half wit in Pretoria, misfiled either my documents, or the poor woman whose ID number is linked to mine. Clearly she knows nothing about it yet – probably hasn't applied for a passport. It now becomes MY problem to prove that I am alive and entitled to my passport …
… And it's WHOSE fault?
I am pissed off really angry!
PS Have been able to read your blogs and post mine through Word, but our Firewall is blogging the comment facility – will get commenting as soon as my Modem at home is fixed – think it was struck by lightning!