Question NW2352 to the Minister of Home Affairs

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02 July 2015 - NW2352

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether all citizens, including those born outside South Africa, are entitled to be issued with the Smart ID card; if not, why not?


The rollout of the Smart ID Card is in the first phase of implementation and currently Smart ID Cards are only being issued to South African citizens by birth. All other categories such as permanent residence holders and naturalized citizens are not to be processed through the Live Capture at this stage; as this will form part of phase two of the modernisation project. The department will make an announcement on citizens born outside South Africa as the roll out evolves.

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