Monday, January 09, 2006

IDs Without Intelligent Design

From The (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) Herald Online, posted Jan. 9, 2006:

Long wait for documents angers staff, ID applicants

By Bianca Capazorio


Ringus van Den Berg first applied for his ID book in the middle of 2004, and in March, 2005, received one with a picture of a woman next to his name.


In August last year, a KwaDwesi artist, Kholekile Gwata, found himself with an identity crisis when his new ID book arrived bearing the face of a white man.


National head of communications for home affairs, Nkosana Sibuyi, said that by September the department had processed 76 000 applications to change incorrect ID books.

“Around 28 000 had the incorrect spelling of names and surnames, 37 000 had the incorrect date of birth and 5 000 had the incorrect gender,” Sibuyi said.

A further 1 000 applications were processed with duplicate ID numbers, and 700 had incorrectly been declared dead.


[Read the whole story]

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