Feb 9, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Happy ending for Umlazi schoolboy who applied for ID but got death certificate instead

A high school senior from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal who applied for ID in February was shocked to discover he had “died of natural causes” in another province.

The student applied an identity card at the Home Office office in Isipingo, south of Durban.

But when he went to collect it in March, he was given a death certificate instead.

It said that he died of natural causes in Soweto, Gauteng.

A teacher took to Facebook Tuesday night to share his plight and efforts to fix the bug.

“I’ve been since 10th grade his teacher boy is here. Experienced. He is studying daily but this situation is so bad that I can see his distraction from his books,” she wrote.

She urged social media users to help the student find answers , as the Ministry of Interior staff in Isipingo did not seem to be of any help.

The post was deleted on Wednesday morning. But less than 24 hours after the teacher reported his plight on social media, the saga had a happy ending.

KwaZulu-Natal Home Secretary Cyril Mncwabe told TimesLIVE the bug has been fixed , and by Thursday the student had received their identification.

• This article was updated Thursday afternoon to reflect that the student has now received their identification.

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