Zuma: More SA citizens registered

2012-09-07 00:00

SOUTH Africa has made great strides in reducing the numbers of its citizens who are undocumented.

Addressing the delegates at the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics conference in Durban yesterday, President Jacob Zuma said his government was undoing the legacy of apartheid, which failed to document many black South Africans.

Zuma said in South Africa prior to 1994, fewer than 600 000 births were registered throughout the country per year, and 64% of these were late registrations. “The rate of birth registrations has more than doubled and we now achieve 1,2 million birth registrations per year since the advent of democracy,” he said.

“We are proud of the fact that out of a total [1 086 901] children registered for the 2010/2011 financial year, 946 031 children were registered before their first birthday. This is 87% of the sum total of children registered, which is 17% higher than the target of 70% that we had set for ourselves.”

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