South Africa: Endless nightmare for ‘stateless’ mother after Home Affairs ID crackdown puts her life in limbo

Published: 5/Mar/2024
Source: Daily Maverick (South Africa)

By Lerato Mutsila

Thousands of people cannot access healthcare or education after Home Affairs decided in 2012 to block their ‘suspicious’ identity documents.

In 2012, the Department of Home Affairs embarked on a mass drive to block South African identity documents in a bid to address fraud and misrepresentation, which had resulted in duplicate IDs on the National Population Register.

What initially started as 29,000 IDs having markers placed against them quickly escalated to more than one million by 2020.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2024