Can Home Affairs change someone's name without consent?

Raisa Cachalia was shocked to find out that Home Affairs had changed her surname without her consent.

This was brought to her attention over the weekend when she wanted to register to vote.

Cachalia recently got married, and decided to keep her maiden name, but somehow Home Affairs registered her under her married name, Spiller.

Listen to the full conversation on the Pippa Hudson Show:

It’s my identity and it’s who I am. This is the name I’ve written down on every form; it’s the name I introduce myself as and I didn’t really want to lose that. I feel very strongly that it is my identity and everyone has the right to choose…

Raisa Cachalia

CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson also spoke to Bongani Ndimande Head of the main Cape Town Home Affairs office in Barrack Street about Cachalia’s case.

Ndimande agrees that every woman has a choice to either keep her maiden name, or change to her husband’s name.

With regards to Cachalia’s case, Ndimande says that Department of Home Affairs would have to conduct an investigation in order to correct the situation.

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