Cape Town resident Nicole Pearce has battled for over a decade to try and prove her identity.
Pearce was born in 1987 but discovered only in 2007 that she shared her identity (ID) number with someone else.
Initially, she thought it was a case of identify theft. Then, Home Affairs informed her that in fact, a second woman had been issued with the identical ID number.
The number was blocked for investigation and later returned for Pearce to use exclusively, back in 2013.
Home Affairs claims they issued the other woman with a new ID number, yet the nightmare still continues for Pearce.
The duplicate ID number has implications for existing medical files, credit history, criminal records and other databases.
Home Affairs says it will issue Pearce with an official letter confirming her ID status.
But the 32-year-old says it’s unfair that she will be forced to carry this letter with her for the rest of her life to prove her identity.
She says: “It’s been a struggle. I’ve spent 13 years trying to resolve. In 2013, when I started working, I found a living occupant – a 56-year-old man linked to my ID number and a baby boy linked to my ID number. My duplicate and I have been sharing hospital records since birth. Everything linked to my ID number is now potentially questionable.”
Listen to Nicole Pearce share her story on The Pippa Hudson Show:
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