Lawyers for Human Rights in legal battle with Home Affairs over 10-year limbo identity document case

Published: 26/Feb/2023
Source: Daily Maverick (South Africa)

Phindile Mazibuko hasn’t been able to travel, open a bank account or apply for citizenship for more than 10 years after Home Affairs flagged her ID document. Thousands of other people are in the same situation.

By Dianne Hawker

When Phindile Mazibuko was informed by her bank in 2012 that her identity had been stolen, she had no idea that the incident would still be hanging over her head more than 10 years later. For over a decade, Mazibuko has been fighting for the Department of Home Affairs to unblock her identity document, which was “marked”.

Mazibuko, a permanent resident from Eswatini who is married to a South African, has taken the department to court over her blocked identity document as she’s been unable to travel, open a bank account or apply for citizenship.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports, Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2023