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Home Affairs' director general Mkuseli Apleni explains to GugsMhlungu the situation around the old and new bar-coded IDs.
That email was not coming from us that the green bar-coded IDs are coming to an end by end of March.— Mkuseli Apleni, Home Affairs' director general
He explains that they are starting with the 16-year-olds now eligible for IDs and they will be issued with the smart cards.
Take a listen to more from Apleni:
Earlier on The Midday report EWN reporter Katlego Sekgotho sheds light on Home Affairs' Mkuseli Apleni’s briefing around the green bar-coded ID books.
Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni gave a media briefing in Pretoria, addressing the date of termination around the green bar-coded ID books. While it is widely known that the green, bar-coded ID books are slowly being replaced by the smart card ID, the public appears confused as to the date of expiry.
EWN reporter Katlego Sekgotho reports on Apleni clarifying the rumours around the termination date of the green bar-coded ID books. Apparently, there was a rumour that on 31 March 2018, that the old ID books will be terminated she adds.
Sekgotho says that the Director-General clarified that this rumour was not true, and did not come from the Department.
He is saying that as it stands, there is no date that says when the old green, barcoded ID books will be terminated.— Katlego Sekgotho, EWN reporter
Sekgotho says that the Department is working with banks in terms of automating the system to help people make the transition from the old ID books to the smart card ID.
The Department has said that they are encouraging the general public to apply for the smart IDs online – to ensure that it’s a smooth process.
Listen to the link below about the Zimbabwean special permit process…
This article first appeared on 702 : DG Mkuseli Apleni quashes rumours about termination date of old green ID books