Pretoria - The home affairs department is ready to assist
the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) with the upcoming national elections, it
said on Wednesday.
"The department is ready and willing to collaborate
with the IEC in support of the 7 May elections," deputy director general
of civic services Vusi Mkhize said in Pretoria.
"There are meetings that we are holding with the IEC
to make sure that on that day the mobiles will be deployed in accordance with a
cluster of voting stations."
Mkhize said home affairs department offices would be
opened in line with the hours of the commission.
The department is also negotiating with the IEC to ensure
that officials required to work on election day be allowed to cast special
Mkhize and Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan
were addressing the media on various issues including the new births and deaths
regulations, the new smart ID cards, and the invalidation of duplicate IDs.
The smart ID card would be utilised for the first time
for election purposes, said Mkhize.
The department had met its target of processing 100 000
smart ID cards by 31 March, said Chohan.
"We have processed over 140 749 smart ID cards as of
24 March and have thus met our target," she said.
"We are very pleased about this."
Chohan said the department's hotline had been inundated
with calls from people who had applied for the new ID, who thought they had
been receiving hoax SMSes to collect the new ID three or four days after they
"We do want to assure people that the production of
the ID card is a fairly seamless one. It's digital and that it is possible for
you to get an SMS of having applied for one..."
She said the real time constraint was the courier service
and would depend where people were located geographically.
Chohan called on people who received the SMS to collect
their new ID cards timeously.
The number of uncollected smart ID cards had reached 26 866.
Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor would soon address
the media following Cabinet's approval of the approach on the expiry of permits
issued under the special dispensation for Zimbabweans project.
"In this regard, Cabinet agreed that the permit
holders will be expected to re-apply for their permits in their country of
origin," she said.
Pandor would provide more details soon.