The family of an elderly Limpopo woman whose identity was altered after she was wrongfully declared dead, has won a case against the Home Affairs Department at the High Court in Pretoria.

Johanna Adams was declared dead on two occasions in 2005 and 2016. This led to problems with her social grant which was terminated.

She shared the same names and identity number with a woman from Boksburg in Gauteng, who had died.

Adams has expressed relief that she will soon reclaim her identity.

“I am so grateful that my life could now be restored and I would reclaim my original identity. I am eternally grateful, I wish to thank God and all those who made sure that I can put the matter behind me.”

Johanna Adams who was wrongfully declared dead wins her case against Home Affairs: