Sweetness Swartbooi found out she was legally married to a man she had never met and the man used her surname to open accounts, take out loans and even register two children on official documents.
South African Sweet Swartbooi was just living her life comfortably without qualms but when she was going to vote in elections in 2006, she found what would be the most shocking thing of her life.
Unknown to Swartbooi, a man had used her surname, to open bank accounts, take out loans and even registered two children in official government quarters.
YEN.com.gh found Swartbooi's interview with news channel EWN on YouTube.
Immediately after finding out, Swartbooi went to try and resolve the issue at Home Affairs, South Africa's ministry of interior.
"I feel like I don't have an identity", would come to describe her situation in the interview.
She said that the system was checked to indeed confirm their marriage. Speaking to EWN, she said that the department eventually dismissed her and her problem.
After Swartbooi had her second baby in 2008, she could not register her baby at the Home Affairs office. The child is now 11 years old and without a birth certificate.
She cannot register her present marriage with her actual husband now too because her ID number has been compromised. Swartbooi has become a hostage to the identity fraudster.
She even said that she is struggling to find work because of her ID and bad credit due to the loans taken out by the person she is supposedly 'married to'.
"The person somewhere there is enjoying all that should be rightfully mine," Swartbooi bemoaned.
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