The 58-year-old from Soshanguve Block R, Tshwane, was shocked when he discovered he had been declared dead by Home Affairs.

Abel Maubane is an angry at the declaration.

“I found out when I went to register for last year’s local elections,” he said.

Abel thought the official at the voting station was rude when she told him he couldn’t register because he had been declared dead.

He went to another voting station and was told the same story.

Today, the father of four is unable to get his pension money because of the problem.

“I cannot apply for a social grant because of this problem. I feel useless,” he said.

Abel said when he discovered the mess, he tried hard to fix the matter but with no success.

“I’ve been going to Home Affairs’ offices in Mabopane, but I don’t get any help.”

He said officials made him fill in new forms every time he went there.

“The officials know me and they usually give me the forms before I even tell them the reason for my visit.”

The madala said all he wanted was for Home Affairs to resolve the matter.

“I’m forced to depend on my wife and I can’t even help my children.”

Home Affairs spokesman Thabo Mokgola asked the People’s Paper to provide him with Abel’s contact

“The provincial manager will contact the complainant with a view to resolving the matter,” said Mokgola.