SOUTH AFRICANS URGED TO EMBRACE NEW SMART CARD ID

12 Jul 2013 11:19

PRETORIA, July 9 (BERNAMA-NNN-SA NEWS) -- President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to embrace the new smart card ID, saying the new model will transform the country’s security systems.

"I call on all citizens to come forward and be smart...the new smart ID cards are indeed very smart," he said Monday after Department of Home Affairs (Interior) officials processed his smart card ID application at the presidential residence in Mahlamba Ndlopfu here.

"We have thought the ID we had after 1994 was the final one but now we are moving to the smart cards, which are [secure] and easy to carry," said President Zuma.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Winnie Madikizela Mandela, the former wife of former President Nelson Mandela are among others who will also receive their new ID cards.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor had said it would take between six and eight years for all South Africans to get their new smart identification document (ID) cards, which would replace the green ID books currently in use.

Officials say each new card would take five to ten days to produce and deliver, compared with the current 47 days for paper documents.

-- BERNAMA-NNN-SA NEWS

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