South Africa: 750k national ID cards awaiting pickup

Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced today that her department has 750k ID cards not collected by the citizens. She said the money spent on producing uncollected cards could have been spent better elsewhere. Minister also said “The re-issuing increases the possibility of duplicate IDs and identity theft by unscrupulous elements,”. Home Affairs ministry significantly raised cost of ID and passport application saying “In the event of natural disasters such as floods and fires which may destroy all these documents whether it is IDs, birth certificates or marriage certificates the documents will be replaced by the state, free of charge.”

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