36 000+ ID book mistakes in 2010/11

2011-06-23 22:31

Cape Town - Over the past year, more than 36 000 applications were received from people seeking to correct mistakes in their ID books, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Thursday.

"A total of 36 438 applications were received for the rectification of errors in identity documents since the beginning of the 2010/11 financial year," she said in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

The question, posed by Democratic Alliance MP Annette Lovemore, included a query on how many of the errors were the results of mistakes by Dlamini-Zuma's department.

"Statistics on errors made by the department are not available," the minister replied, but noted that the majority of applications were requests from applicants to "rectify" their personal particulars in the National Population Register.

Responding to a separate question, she said all new identity documents would be issued in English only.

"When the security features of the identity document were reviewed, the department... did consider the utilisation of the 11 official languages, as enshrined in the Constitution.

"It was, however, not practically possible to accommodate all official languages, and, therefore, it was decided to only issue identity documents in English," Dlamini-Zuma said.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-06-23 23:58

    Eish, maybe she is because the pass rate, she is only 30%? One BIG misteak ne?

  • jock - 2011-06-23 23:59

    well with a school pass rate of only 30% required i suppose 36000 mistakes could be expected

  • Stefan - 2011-06-24 02:27

    Incompetence = ???? WTF do you expect ???

  • - 2011-06-24 07:07

    I am so surprised.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-06-24 07:26

    It does matter what launguage you speak. You just have to copy the letters from the paper to the computer. it is very easy

      tiger - 2011-06-24 08:47

      That is if they can use the computers.

      Leslie - 2011-08-20 07:44

      It is not that simple. My daughter has an accent on the e in her name. The system does not seem to be able to handle the special characters (I suppose they are not on the keyboard, so we are a bit buggered) so instead of her passport, in this case, having é, they left the letter out, so her birth certificate is correct with Chloé, but her passport shows Chlo. So, Morné, André, etc, are generally not handled well by the system.

  • Frans Smith - 2011-08-19 22:17

    banana....blerrie incompetent and in a lot of cases illiterate bunch

  • - 2013-01-22 17:13

    I am just surprised that they didn't blame the mistakes of the incompetent employees on apartheid.

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