Answers to your questions

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What can I do with a birth certificate that has no ID number?

Children born to two non-South Africans and do not qualify for citizenship are entitled to a birth certificate but it will have no ID number.

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How can I get an ID if only my South African father, who has disappeared, is named on my birth certificate?

You and your mother may need to make a sworn affidavit that your father has left and that neither of you has any way of contacting him to make a certified copy of his ID.

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What can I do if my employer deducts money from my wages but does not submit to UIF? The Labour Department can’t help me.

If complaints are reported to the labour department, it is required to investigate and see that the law is followed.

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What can I do if I was wrongfully arrested?

If a false charge is being made against you, you have the right to challenge your arrest in court.

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How can my father check for his deceased brother’s unclaimed investment with a bank?

You can access a deceased person's unclaimed funds through the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA).

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Is there a way to prevent my previous customary law wife from trying to claim my assets one day, now that I have married again under civil law in 2023?

The fact that the lobola was not paid in full before you split up, does not necessarily mean that you were not married. And if you were married under customary law, you may not marry under civil law.

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How can I make sure that the house my late wife and I shared will be inherited by our children and not my future wife?

You can negotiate an antenuptial contract with accrual with your new wife.

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How can I get an ID if I was born is South Africa to a foreign mother? My mother has an ID.

If your mother was not a citizen or permanent resident at the time of your birth, you qualify to be a South African citizen by birth if you have not lived anywhere else but South Africa.

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What do I do about Home Affairs not respondeding to my applications for an accompanying visa?

You'll need to get help from an organisation with experience in dealing with Home Affairs.

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The previous lawyer who dealt with my father's estate refuses to return money owed to us. What can we do?

You can lay a complaint with the Legal Practice Council.

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