When he went to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to follow up on a passport application he had earlier submitted, a Grootfontein resident discovered – to his utter amazement – that he was supposed to be dead.
Speaking to New Era this week, Asser Nangolo said home affairs officials told him he had been declared dead. The fact that he was declared dead and no longer on their database caused a delay in processing his passport application, they further told him.
“I apparently died in 2008 and on their records I am listed as ‘deceased’,” said a distressed Nangolo. He has since opened a case with the police against those suspected of colluding to forge documentation to declare him dead.
Nangolo says officials at the Grootfontein office of the home affairs ministry informed him personally that “a doctor from Lüderitz had indicated on an official document – usually filled in at a hospital after a person dies – that he had died of kidney failure.
He says he was also informed that another person had then taken the death certificate to the ministry, perhaps pretending to be his family member: “There are two guys that are involved in this scam, they are from Lüderitz and very soon I will hand over their names to my lawyer.”
It is not yet clear what the aim of those allegedly involved in the scam to fake Nangolo’s death was, or whether they were able to make any money through the false declaration.
The spokesperson for the police in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, confirmed that a case of fraud was recorded at the Grootfontein police station and that investigations into the case are currently underway.