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  • 03 May 2018

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Home Affairs embark on ID and birth certificate registration campaign

During the Integrated Community Registration Outreach Programme (ICROP) held recently at Chibini village in ward 5, it was discovered that a number of people still do not have Identity Documents (IDs) and birth certificates. This despite the late registration of birth campaign conducted by Department of Home Affairs in these areas.

As part of providing feedback on ICROP findings   to communities of wards 5, 7 and 9, the Department of Home Affairs has from the 6th to the 8th of November 2018 stationed at Chibini community hall in ward 5. This, in order to assist communities of wards 5, 7 and 9 with ID and birth certificate applications and other Home Affairs documents.

Speaking on exclusive interview with Matatiele LM Communications, the Home Affairs Manager, Mr Mxolisi Ntaba, indicated that this campaign emanates from a number of enquiries they received during ICROP.  He also cited the high influx of people from these areas into their Matatiele office as another motivator for them to come to the people.  “We hope this outreach will decrease the backlog we are currently experiencing from these areas”, added Ntaba.

He further encouraged people to apply for birth certificates of new born babies within a period of thirty days. Amongst the challenges experienced by the Department during such campaigns is the issue of undocumented Lesotho nationals (females). “This makes it difficult for us to register their children, even though the father is a South African citizen”, he said. He further pleaded with people to report fraudulent activities – people who obtain IDs illegally.

Tswarelo Mbokwana (19) was amongst those who successfully applied for a birth certificate. “I’m excited that I will finally be in a position to apply for an ID”, said Tswarelo. On Tuesday only the department managed to register forty applicants, the number was expected to increase even more.

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