SWA IDs phase out deadline extended

28 Mar 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 MAR (NAMPA) - The deadline for the phasing out of the old South West Africa (SWA) identification cards (IDs) has been extended to 31 March 2018.
The first deadline for the replacement of the documents issued during South Africa’s apartheid rule over Namibia, commenced on 31 March 2016 and was to lapse on Friday.
The campaign was introduced for Namibia to adapt to international practices of using one legal identity card within a national territory.
Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana said in a ministerial statement in the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday, some Namibians were using the SWA ID card and new ID card interchangeably. She said the phase-out would allow for the use of only one.
The minister indicated that about 4 378 SWA IDs have already been converted to the new IDs since the launch of the campaign. Some 70 000 people are anticipated to still be in possession of the old ID cards.
Iivula-Ithana called on all Namibians still in possession of the SWA IDs to have them converted by the new deadline of 31 March 2018.
She further said at least 2 000 birth records were corrected during the same time.
During the NA session, the minister noted that Cabinet approved the waiving of financial implications for changing particulars on national documents.