Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More than 750,000 IDs unclaimed

By Khanyisa Tabata
13 April 2011


Home Affairs Mnister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says more than half of the one-point-three-million people who applied for a re-issue of their identity documents in the past year, failed to collect them.

This means that the department is sitting with more than three-quarters-of-a-million unclaimed IDs.

Most of those who had not collected their IDs, had applied for new ones after merely misplacing the original.

Dlamini Zuma urged people to act responsibly and value and protect their IDs.

She called on people to act responsibly and value and protect their IDs, warning that re-issues "increase the possibility of duplicate IDs and identity theft by unscrupulous elements".

Turning to her department's plans to issue an ID "smart card", she said this would be rolled out during the next financial year.

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