430 000 ID documents still uncollected

2012-08-14 15:51

Parliament - Close to 430 000 identity documents still need to be collected from Home Affairs offices around the country, director general Mkuseli Apleni said on Tuesday.

Briefing MPs on duplicate and uncollected identity documents (IDs), Apleni said the new tariff system had drastically reduced the number of uncollected IDs, from last year's figure of 880 000.

Apleni acknowledged that there were still problems, as many people were not coming forward to collect IDs, or to verify whether their identify numbers were duplicated.

Over 300 000 documents were waiting to be picked up at home affairs' head office, while 125 000 were still at provincial home affairs offices.

"The bulk of uncollected IDs are re-issues," Apleni said.

He said several measures were in place to alert people to pick up their IDs, including sms messages.

"People pay R140 and still don't collect. You can't live without an ID document. You need it to get your grant, your driver's licence," he said.

Duplicate numbers

The department had also identified close to 30 000 cases where people shared an ID number.

Despite the department going to great lengths to publish the names of those who with duplicate ID numbers, the response was slow.

Less than 10% of people had contacted the department to have their cases investigated and cleared up.

Apleni suspected that foreigners were involved and would not come forward.

In addition, the department had got the SA Social Security Agency, TransUnion, the SA Banking Risk Information Centre, MTN and Vodacom to run the numbers against their databases.

Apleni believed the new ID smart card system, once rolled out nationally, would resolve the problem.

"It's based on a fingerprint. There's no way ID numbers can be duplicated," he said.

  • henri.lombard - 2012-08-14 15:55

    come election time they will all have ID`s, whether it was collected or not, the mind boggles !!!!

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-14 16:01

    That's okay, most of them are either for foreigners or illegal voters. Destroy these fraudulent documents!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 16:08

      At R140 an apllication, that's a cool R60 200 000 scored by the department of Home Affairs. This probably explains the tears in Nkosisana Dlamini-Zuma's eyes. It suddenly dawned on her that she would not have access to the "cookie jar".

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-08-14 16:20

      Kala how can it be a score if they already issued the books?(costs already there)

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 16:30

      OK DuToitCoetzee - Maybe not R60 000 000.00 but I can guarantee you it does not cost R140 to issue an ID book.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-14 16:27

    i'm guessing they are dead?

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-08-14 16:28


      walter.lebza - 2012-08-14 16:33

      Go collect your ID, if there's one. What has this got to do with voting?

      phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-08-14 16:42

      During da apartheid era, everything was perfect... Interms of jobs,sevices delivery and corruption.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 18:20

      @phoooofolo ~ What is 'da'. Didn't you go to school or have you no respect for yourself or the people who happen to read your idiotic comments?

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-14 20:02

      @Phoofong just ignore this madam wanna be called Irene, What I observed through her comment on this site is that she has few brain cells and therefore can't think on her own. She is the dumbest

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-08-14 16:35

    Thats good...But thats an embarrassment to those who are responsible. This its shows, the is lot of job, why these people they can't give people jobs? Reason being, we always go to home affairs to collect the I.D's but we had been always told that ''come and check next after 2 weeks. Coz there is shortage of manpower.

  • olivia.karnak - 2012-08-14 17:02

    WATCH how they will disappear into the wrong hands to commit all kind of fraudulent activities on other people's names.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-14 17:39

    My domestic workers son applied for an I.D. document last year in April and guess what he is still waiting. I have phoned home affairs a few times and my dometic has been to see them and all we get is, try again in 3 weeks. Granted is was not a straight forward I.D. as he wanted to be known by his fathers name but all the rigt paperwork was submitted more than a year ago. He has been unable to seek work and has now resorted to reapplying this time using the name on his birth certificate. Now home affairs wonders why people have duplicate I.D.'S bearing different names.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 18:21

    LOL! Forget Home Affairs - 5 years later and I'm still waiting for my firearm licence! It will be expired by the time I get it. The stomach turns.

  • busichi1 - 2012-08-14 18:51

    Home affairs has been serious improvement under nkhosazana Zuma. I received both my ID and passport in under two weeks? Let's give praise where it's due...

  • norbert.schweighofer - 2012-08-15 09:38

    Most of them properly died of old age whilst waiting for their documents.

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