South Africa: Teen attempts suicide after failing to get birth certificate

Published: 12/Jan/2017
Source: SABC News

A 13-year-old Durban girl was rushed to hospital after she allegedly attempted to commit suicide as she cannot enrol for high school because she does not have a birth certificate.
Andiswa Mkhize, who was supposed to start Grade 8, says attempts to get a birth certificate have failed as the Home Affairs Department declares her as deceased.Her mother Thembisile Mkhize says when she applied for Andiswa’s birth certificate back in 2003, the department issued her with a death certificate instead.

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Themes: Identity Documents, Birth Registration
Regions: Southern Africa, South Africa
Year: 2017