No major glitches in KZN as Census 2011 starts

2011-10-12 00:00

CENSUS 2011 has got off to a smooth start in the province, depite a few glitches in Durban.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) KZN head Nthabiseng Makhatha said they haven’t received any “major disturbing reports”, since the census began on Monday.

Makhatha told The Witness that eThekwini enumerators did not get their ID cards on time when a service provider failed to deliver them. The enumerators started working normally from yesterday afternoon.

She said they have received positive reports from ordinary citizens and are treating every complaint with genuine concern.

The provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the police force has taken precautions and measures to ensure that criminals do not capitalise and abuse the system.

Yesterday Beeld reported that two robbers posing as census workers held up two men in Johannesburg and apparently stole a firearm, four Krugerrands, R5 000 cash and a laptop.

Mdunge advised citizens to contact 10 111 or their nearest police station if they encounter any suspicious act.

Makhatha said citizens can call the free call centre line at 0800 110 248, between 7 am and 10 pm, to find out who the enumerator is in their area.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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