Nellmapius man’s 7-year wait for ID finally ends

Tshepo Kgopanye recently got an ID after seven years of battling without.

A Nellmapius man’s seven-year struggle came to end recently when he got his hands on an ID with his name on it.

Tshepo Kgopanye (33) of Extension 2 in Nellmapius had been without an ID for seven years.

His regularly visits to the Department of Home Affairs ending in disappointment and “being shunted from pillar to post”.

He said within a week of getting his ID, he was promoted at work after being overlooked “because I did not have an ID”.

Kgopanye said his problem started in 2010 when he was told by Home Affairs officials that he shared a name and ID number with someone else.

He said he was told to bring his parents and a letter from his primary school to establish identity.

“But even after all this, I still didn’t have an ID,” he said.

“As a grown and employed man, I still had to ask my mother for money because I had to give my employer her bank account for my salary to be paid into.”

Kgopanye said he got a text message that changed his life.

“The department was informing me that my ID was ready collection,” he said adding that directly from there, he had gone to the bank.

“For the first time in my life I have bank account.

“I now feel like a South African with all the benefits of being a citizen.”

He said among his immediate plans were getting a driver’s licence.

“I feel like a normal human being, thanks to Rekord for helping me get an ID. I want to apply to study further.

He said he had no idea that he would be promoted to supervisor by his welding company.

“I was surprised when they told some of the workers to report to me and given some paper work to fill,” he said.

He said when he asked his bosses why they were giving him tasks of supervisor, they said “because you are one”.

“I could not believe it, maybe if I had an ID all along, I could have been a supervisor a long time ago,” he said.

Home Affairs spokesperson, Thabo Mokgola had not commented as earlier promised at the time of going to press.

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Stephen Selaluke
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