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IDs for matrics prioritised

2011-09-24 09:15

Pretoria - A 24-hour call centre has been set up for matriculants who encounter problems with applications for identity documents, the home affairs department said on Friday.

This was meant to prevent problems ahead of the matric final exams, director general Mkuseli Apleni said in Pretoria.

"You might find that some students have duplicate IDs, don't have parents or don't even have birth certificates," he told reporters.

"They have a chance to contact the department directly to sort that out."

The move was prompted by complaints from the public.

"There were problems last year, but no complaints have been received this year," he said.

Earlier this year, the government targeted 4 558 schools across the country in its drive to ensure pupils 16 years and older had IDs. The same campaign was conducted for the first time in 2010.

About 3 000 schools were visited this year. Apleni said most matriculants had applied for IDs and he urged those who had not applied for theirs to do so immediately.

The call centre numbers are: 079-519-3105, 082-809-5307, 082-888-8328 or 071-227-8438.

Comments
  • falcon2020 - 2011-09-24 09:30

    This opportunity should be used to issue tax numbers at the same time.

      letsee - 2011-09-24 19:41

      It just shows how inneficient the Home Affairs is managed. Any IDs at any time should be issued within days but that is something that only "imperialists" can do because they are efficient and yet we don't like them. This may be called a racist statement but let me say I am a black African with a difference, I'm a realist and don't fool myself thinking that we are clever in Africa.

  • Dave50 - 2011-09-24 10:54

    Don't beleive it for a momment, this is the ANC trying to get votes, no ID no vote, lets see what Juju tells them to do and who they must vote for.

  • Sean_H - 2011-09-24 11:06

    You think the least they could do was set up an 0800 toll free number, how many matrics can afford the cost of a cell phone call, to Home Affairs. On the other hand, Home Affairs should give everyone the same level of speedy service.....

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-09-24 12:01

    don't they need an ID when they enroll? don't they need an ID when they apply for their "student grant"? why now?

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-09-24 12:03

    ideal opportunity to get a "new identity"...

  • Webster - 2011-09-24 16:34

    Well said falcon2020. Issue tax number and don't forget to take proper thumb prints with enough ink so that they don't have to waste money looking for them to re-do thumb prints. The Home Affairs department needs to be improved.

  • letsee - 2011-09-24 19:40

    It just shows how inneficient the Home Affairs is managed. Any IDs at any time should be issued within days but that is something that only "imperialists" can do because they are efficient and yet we don't like them. This may be called a racist statement but let me say I am a black African with a difference, I'm a realist and don't fool myself thinking that we are clever in Africa.

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