Truth behind Smart Card ID sought

2015-10-22 06:00

I RECENTLY went to Home Affairs and when I got to the counter to be served I was told that I could not have a Smart Card ID due to the fact that I was not born in South Africa.

Apparently only people born in South Africa can get the new Smart Card ID. This was the first time I was made aware we have two classes of South African citizens.

On looking up the Home Affairs web page, it says nothing about being born in or out of South Africa. It says all South African citizens should apply. The one’s over 60 get it free, the ones under pay R140, that’s all.

I think they said this so that after all those born in the country have applied and got it, then second-class citizens may apply

as well. That’s a poor excuse to stop the rush in getting them.

But I know of people not born in South Africa under 60 who have them.

Maybe Home Affairs will come out and tell the truth on this, or via your paper you can find out the truth.

J. Boulter

Oslo Beach

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