Life on hold as some­one fraud­u­lently uses fa­ther’s ID

Cape Argus - - BUSINESS - Mont­fort Koboka Ge­orgie: Mr Koboka’s is­sue has been taken up by Home Af­fairs.

I LOST my ID in 2012 when I was do­ing my pa­per­work for my car. I re­ported the is­sue to po­lice and went to re­place the lost ID with Home Af­fairs in Wyn­berg af­ter a month.

They told me that my fin­ger­prints are blocked and we have to send the is­sue to Pre­to­ria to see what hap­pens. I then trav­elled to the UK but had to re­turn to South Africa af­ter the death of my wife.

My ID is still not ready. I have been writ­ing e-mails to the Depart­ment of Home Af­fairs, meet­ing of­fi­cers in dif­fer­ent of­fices, but noth­ing hap­pens. My worry is that I have been re­ceiv­ing re­ports that some­one has been us­ing my ID and that I have out­stand­ing e-toll ac­counts. Some­one is us­ing my ID.

Now I am told my is­sue is with the im­mi­gra­tion depart­ment. With­out this ID, I can’t work and I can’t go back to Europe since my pass­port ex­pired in 2015 and my chil­dren are suf­fer­ing.

The per­son who took my ID has been cross­ing the bor­der and could be com­mit­ting crime. It’s been seven years and I can’t even ap­ply for elec­tric­ity.

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