Many Africans never get registered - Zuma

2012-09-06 16:56

Durban - Africa needed to eliminate "the scandal of invisibility" which saw people living and dying without ever being registered, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"There are still people on the AU continent who are born and die without leaving any legal trace of their existence," he said in Durban.

Registration of the continent's people and important events of their lives, such as deaths and marriages, would ensure that people would not be marginalised.

Civil registration

Zuma was opening the second ministerial conference on civil registration and vital statistics.

He said that civil registration served more than the purpose of identifying people.

The information obtained from registration would help governments to alleviate poverty and aid greater integration within Africa by allowing the movement of people and goods.

"By not registering and planning for your people you are putting your country into difficulty."

South Africa was still living with the failure of authorities during apartheid and colonialism to properly register rural people.

Zuma said that the country's improvement in registering births had also led to a decline in people fraudulently obtaining citizenship.

According to the UN Children's Fund (Unicef), only 38% of children below the age of five in Sub-Saharan Africa have a birth certificate.

The rate varies from country to country, with South Africa having one of the highest rates of registration.

In Nigeria, only 30% of children born are registered at birth, according to Unicef.

  • mxolisitwothreefourfivesix.southafricans - 2012-09-06 17:44

    WTF are you on about. There are violent protests resulting in damages of millions of rands and you are worried about people getting registered? You must go Zuma. You are the personification of backwardness, weakness, corruption and inability to lead. Get an education man! Is this now another effort to get to the rural, uneducated unregistered people that you use as voting fodder????

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-06 18:17


      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-06 18:28

      Mxolisi; hang on a second this is a serious matter he is referring to the "continent" and not the country as such .. but then again the continents people are just about all already here.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-06 18:45

      Have I ever heard bigger nonsense than that from the President nogal?

      Vince.York - 2012-09-06 20:53

      THIS is the debut of the new official language "Uguguuuuh UUUguguauauh uguguguhuhuguh ahaguguh". all the way rooted on hiilsides of nkandla.

      bernpm - 2012-09-06 22:11

      indeed....WTF !

      msendi - 2012-09-07 08:32

      "Zuma was opening the second ministerial conference on civil registration and vital statistics". His speech was based on theme of that conference and you take this opportunity to display your foolishness and hatred towards the man. The conference was not about what you have mentioned. He didn't deny that there are protests and all that. Let us control our hatred and stop looking for anything to discredit those we regard as our enemies… Maybe you are the one who need to get a little bit of education…

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-06 17:46

    So the problem is actually much bigger than we thought...spawn like fish!

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-06 18:16

    You should have good experience at that. What with having dozens of offspring! Dude, no matter how many kids you have, will not make much of a difference to the voting poll! Mind you. With you around, who knows?

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-06 18:18

    Zuma you are reading, your lips are moving and you can hear your voice. But as always, someone wrote the speech for you, and you only saw it at the time you had to read it. Children are registered at school, using birth certificates which were issued by the Dep of Home Affiars. How do they end up learning under trees? The ANC has failed and failed with flying colours under especially your administration. It`s orbituary is being written ...

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-06 18:21

    Trying to get someone old and frail with no education or writing or reading skills registered and who is definitely older than 65 years but knowing his birth date and with no known relatives or friends as such , who knows his history , is like hoping for this mess we find ourselves in to vanish over night.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-09-06 18:37

    more tax money after death. that is why they want a AU.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-06 19:31

    I wonder why the cabinet decided to let him read a speech again.

  • hendrik.breed - 2012-09-06 20:38

    Problems are greater at your very doorstep.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-06 22:35

    9.7 million people internally displace in Africa this year alone (this excludes refugees to other continents) largely due to conflict & natural disasters. So please go bother the AU about stable governments, end to conflict and spending revenue on development instead of weapons and outrageously decadent lifestyles.

  • mthokozisi.madlala.7 - 2012-09-06 23:17

    you'd be dumb if you disagree with the president on this regard.....registration data in HA do not reflect the number of people benifiting from the state fiscus.....I is critical the we know the number of people within our jurisdiction to be able to allocate the budget for each and every person!!

  • william.nigh.5 - 2012-09-07 07:53

    "South Africa was still living with the failure of authorities during apartheid and colonialism to properly register rural people." Yet, in 20 years you've failed to do anything about it. That's it...blame apartheid and colonialism. Tell did you register your people before colonialism and apartheid? Oh, that's right... you hadn't invented a written language yet and were too busy slaughtering each other.

      msendi - 2012-09-07 08:38

      Let me quote, "The rate varies from country to country, with South Africa having one of the highest rates of registration…

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