Tell us about duplicate IDs - home affairs

2012-05-11 18:31
Johannesburg - Home Affairs Minster Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has urged South Africans affected by the duplication of their identity documents (IDs) to come forward.

She was speaking at the launch on Friday of a drive to deal with duplication of IDs, which has affected 112 000 South Africans.

Dlamini-Zuma said the campaign would be divided into two phases, with 29 000 names published in the first phase and 83 000 in the second.

"The campaign... takes the form of mobilisation of the 29 000 affected South Africans through the publication of their names in several mainstream media [publications], beginning with The Star and the Pretoria News," she said.

The first phase of the campaign would run for several weeks, during which there would be a further publication of the names in media across the country.

She said duplicate IDs continued to cause untold suffering to people.

"These make it impossible for citizens to engage in business, financial and economic transactions, further their educational studies, access social grants, and other government services," she said.

"We share in their grief and pain and commit ourselves to ensuring we can speedily address their challenges."

She called on those whose names appeared on the website and in media to approach their nearest home affairs offices to have the matter resolved.

As part of this campaign, South Africans are encouraged to check the status of their ID by sending an sms to 32551, followed by the letter D and ID number.

Home affairs systems would immediately verify and provide a response on the status of the ID.

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