Many Africans never get registered - Zuma

2012-09-06 16:56
Jacob Zuma (File)

Jacob Zuma (File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - Africa needed to eliminate "the scandal of invisibility" which saw people living and dying without ever being registered, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"There are still people on the AU continent who are born and die without leaving any legal trace of their existence," he said in Durban.

Registration of the continent's people and important events of their lives, such as deaths and marriages, would ensure that people would not be marginalised.

Civil registration

Zuma was opening the second ministerial conference on civil registration and vital statistics.

He said that civil registration served more than the purpose of identifying people.

The information obtained from registration would help governments to alleviate poverty and aid greater integration within Africa by allowing the movement of people and goods.

"By not registering and planning for your people you are putting your country into difficulty."

South Africa was still living with the failure of authorities during apartheid and colonialism to properly register rural people.

Zuma said that the country's improvement in registering births had also led to a decline in people fraudulently obtaining citizenship.

According to the UN Children's Fund (Unicef), only 38% of children below the age of five in Sub-Saharan Africa have a birth certificate.

The rate varies from country to country, with South Africa having one of the highest rates of registration.

In Nigeria, only 30% of children born are registered at birth, according to Unicef.

Read more on:    home affairs  |  jacob zuma

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Fascinating facts about dogs

Think you know a lot about dogs? How many of these facts do you know?



Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Fascinating facts about dogs
Out with the old dog, in with the new
Play with your pet when you're not at home
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.