South Africa: ‘Home affairs official who defaced birth certificate acted improperly,’ says Mkhwebane
Source: The Sowetan (Johannesburg)
By Nico Gous
Home affairs has two weeks to reinstate the ID number of a four-year-old child born in Polokwane and issue him with a new birth certificate.
This is in terms of a directive issued by the public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, her office said on Friday.
“The father and his child were improperly prejudiced by the conduct of the department,” spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said.
The child’s father complained after his son’s birth certificate was revoked by the Lebowakgomo home affairs office without reasons being provided.
“The father is a South African citizen. He had the child with a Zimbabwean national, who held a permanent residence permit … when the child was born on December 11 2014,” Segalwe said.