The government of the ruling party has launched a strong campaign to get South Africans to receive their dose so that they can be protected against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Even the President of the country has forever explained the importance of vaccinating every time he speaks to the nation. My mind thinks of people who are eager to get their jab but they don't have an identity document? What must they do?
Statistics South Africa said the estimated number of illegal immigrants who live in South Africa is between 1 200 000 and 1 500 000, take note that this is according to 2015 statistics, this number might be multiplied Without any doubt, many undocumented foreign nationals are interested in getting their job but they're not sure how are they going to get it. As someone who works at a vaccination site can confirm that I have seen many documented foreign nationals coming to receive their jab which shows that they are following the president's call.
Our government should come up with a solution to this matter as soon as possible. It's easy, Department of Home Affairs should allow undocumented immigrants to come and apply for work permits even though they don't have passports or Visas. After that, the department must take the that they have and send it to respective countries so that they can organize passports or visas for their citizens while they're still in South Africa. It might require a lot of money to accomplish that but it's worth saving souls and preventing crime. Once the countries involve issuing their citizens with valid documentation then Home affairs can continue to give immigrants work permits. By so doing, the government would be striking two birds with one stone, preventing crime and saving souls.
On the other hand, there are South Africans who swish get their jab but they're undocumented too. This is the situation Andisiwe Juwel from Masiphumele in Cape Town is facing. Plus she is not the only South African on this issue. She struggled to receive a birth certificate, likely she just received go the news that she now has her SA identity after living without it for 29 years. The bad part is that she can't go and apply for it now, Western Cape Home Affairs spokesperson Sam Plaatjies elaborated.
He said her late registration was finalized her ID number has been created by the department's head office. The only hindrance is that she must go and apply for Smart ID card. He advised her to visit any office of the Department of Home Affairs with the informant. The thing is, it takes a whole night to travel by taxi between eNgcobo in the Eastern Cape, where Andiswa was born, and Cape Town where she is residing now.
This means her dream to get an ID so that she can receive her dose, register to vote, register her two children for social grants can't be achieved anytime soon. The problem is she must first raise the money to bring her elder sister from eNgcobo to Cape Town to once again wish that for Juwel that she is who she says she is. This is the main source of frustration for her. When consulted, she said she is not happy about this whole saga of her not getting an ID. Because she can't do anything for herself and her children.
Fortunately for her, Tshegofatso Mothapo who is a legal researcher at Lawyers for Human Rights said his organization has taken up cases on behalf of scores of undocumented people. Most of us think that undocumented people are generally foreigners yet we have South Africans who are facing the same situation. She says poor service from the Department of Home Affairs plays vital a role in discouraging people from doing follow-user registration.
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