The Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says officials in his department have had their hands full trying to provide the necessary documentation to members of the public to enable them to vote in Wednesday’s municipal elections.
He has urged members of the public to fetch their documentations for the department’s offices across the country which have extended working hours on Wednesday.
“Our offices are open from seven in the morning and seven in the evening coinciding with closing times of the IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) voting stations to assist every South African who intends casting their vote to be able to exercise their right.”
Gigaba adds, “We have mobilized resources and human capital in the Department to render that type of service. There are glitches that will be experienced because of high volumes. We appeal to our people to understand.”
The department’s officials announced last month that over 200 000 identity documents were yet to be collected. The extended hours during the elections will allow people who did not collect their particulars to do so.
The department’s spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete has urged South Africans to take advantage of this service.
I’m very happy to get my ID because I want to vote and it is my first time voting
“We’ve opened all our offices and extended the hours to make ourselves more accessible and more open to people who might in the last minute require some documents form the department of Home Affairs.”
Meanwhile, the Tonga District Home Affairs Office in Mpumalanga says over 200 identity documents are yet to be collected from its office.
It says a team has been dispatched to distribute the identity documents in villages around Tonga ahead of the local government elections.
The Director for the Tonga Home Affairs office Thobile Lusibane says there has been an increase in the number of people applying for new IDs and those collecting.
Amongst those who collected a new ID is 18-year –old, Nelson Ngonhami who says he is looking forward to voting for the first time.
“I’m very happy to get my ID because I want to vote and it is my first time voting.”
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