The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has confirmed that the government will only provide free smart card ID’s to the elderly and first-time applicants.
Smart card ID’s are only free for the elderly and first-time applicants
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is frustrated with the government’s deliberate decision, and claim it will affect “indigent and unemployed” citizens.
The party further notes that the smart ID cards, would not be a “handout”, instead it would serve as a means to empower citizens to access employment, education and other opportunities.
DA states that the government should go above and beyond to empower citizens, especially the poverty-stricken and unemployed, as it is the “government’s failures” that have not attracted investment opportunities that would create employment opportunities.
DA has proposed leniency for those who can’t afford the renewal of smart card ID’s
The party pleads with Home Affairs to meet the needs of citizens who can’t afford to pay for renewals of smart card ID’s, and further describe that living without an ID can be limiting as one will struggle to access healthcare, housing opportunities and employment.
DA has proposed that the government should provide leniency to those who earn less than a set amount per year, access to smart card ID renewals, and the party further promotes their attempt to boost the morale of unemployed citizens, by offering MyCiti bus rides for job-seekers.
“The City of Cape Town is offering registered job seekers two free MyCiTi bus journeys every week to support them in their efforts to find employment. And in the City of Johannesburg, the City offers the Siyasizana social package to indigent residents which include subsidies on water, electricity and transport.”Democratic Alliance
Home Affairs Minister has applauded the sophistication of smart card ID’s
In recent weeks, Minister Motsoaledi said his department has annulled more than 1,000 fraudulent marriages in this financial year, and that smart card ID’s are more sophisticated and continuously help with issues of fraud.
The Minister has condemned identity theft and fake marriages and urges all South African citizens to stay alert and safe-guard their existing identity documents and those who still have the green bar-coded documents, to trade it in for smart card ID’s as they are “designed to fight identity fraud”.
“Our messaging should encourage everyone to take the responsibility of protecting and safeguarding their identity documents at all times, Members of the public need to be made aware of these unscrupulous syndicates that unfortunately in some cases have been found to have worked with our very own officials and at times job agencies to commit this type of fraud. These matters need to be reported urgently to the police and to their nearest Home Affairs office should they fall victim to the practice.”Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi