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Home Affairs busy over registration weekend

2014-02-11 07:27
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(Duncan Alfreds, News24)
 Johannesburg - The department of home affairs processed thousands of identity documents (IDs) during the final voter registration weekend, it said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said they were satisfied with the services they gave to citizens over the last weekend.

"As a consequence, 19 862 IDs were issued. Two thousand and eighty-one temporary identity certificates were issued [and] 100 001 ID applications [were] received," Mamoepa said in a statement.

The department also processed a total of 4 540 smart ID cards.

The smart identity cards, which are to replace the green, bar-coded identity books were rolled out to first-time applicants and pensioners on Saturday.

The department visited 22 prisons where a total of 32 ID's and nine temporary ID certificates were issued.

"In line with directives of Minister Naledi Pandor, 315 home affairs offices were opened on both days from 08:00 to 17:00," said Mamoepa.

"The work of the offices was complimented by the deployment of 73 mobile trucks to reach out to those areas where the department does not have a footprint."

A total of 2 691 officials were on duty nationally to assist with the documentation and senior officials were deployed across the country.

President Jacob Zuma announced last week that elections would be held on 7 May.

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