Home Affairs gets it wrong
My wife and I tried to apply for the new identity smart cards. We were told we could apply online, but when I registered and completed the form a message flashed on “only citizens born in South Africa can apply online”.
We were instructed to contact our local Home Affairs office. We went along to Home Affairs in Main Road, Somerset West and produced our green ID books and were given a number and proceeded to the photo and fingerprint department. After an hour we were processed and directed to the middle aisle to be called to another station.
Another 30 minutes and we were called to a counter. After giving marriage and birth details, we were informed we could not have the smart cards as we were not born in South Africa.
We have been citizens since the mid 1990s, so why have we been discriminated against and relegated to second class citizenship? If we cannot have smart cards what happens when the green card is discontinued?
Why can’t Home Affairs come out and say “If not born in South Africa no smart card”?
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