Horror Affairs ID book price increase

2010-03-03 14:11

HOME Affairs wants to increase the price of second identity book

applications as a way of encouraging people to take better care of their

documents, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said today.

“We are looking at increasing the tariffs for ID applications,”

Dlamini-Zuma said at a briefing in Cape Town.

“The first application is free. We will leave it at that. The

second you pay very little . . . Less than R20.

“We are going to increase tariffs so people think twice about going

to the office to get an ID book. Sometimes things we get cheaply we don’t value

too much.”

Dlamini-Zuma confirmed that around 500 000 unclaimed identity books

were currently being kept at the Home Affairs head office.

“These 500 000 IDs are at the head office. Some of them are as old

as 2004 and are still waiting for people to collect them.”

If the documents were not fetched they would have to be destroyed,

Dlamini-Zuma said.

“We will not be able to keep IDs for 100 years. We will have to do

something about them.”

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