More than 36 000 ID mistakes: Dlamini-Zuma


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 today (June 23).


“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.

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