Good news is in the South African air; Maledi Pandor the South African Minister of Home Affairs and Pravin Gorghan the Minister of Finance are yet to decide on whether to waive the fee for new smart ID cards.
As [Pandor] has indicated in Parliament, she is in discussion with National Treasury regarding fees for certain categories of persons that may be exempted,” said spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa.
The Home Affairs Minister had the legal authority to waive fees for acquisition of enabling documents for “certain categories of persons”, if she deemed it necessary.
“In this regard, we would await the outcome of discussions between minister Pandor and minister Pravin Gordhan on the matter, which will chart the way forward and give direction on the matter,” he said.
DA spokesman Manny de Freitas said R140 was the difference between survival and starvation for many South Africans as many of them cannot afford it.
“Imposing a new ID system on South Africa’s citizens and then forcing them to pay for it puts a price on citizenship that not everyone can afford, and will exclude them from the employment market as well as electoral and social security processes once green barcoded ID books are phased out,” said Mamoepa.
The process is expected to take more than a year as they will call people to register according to their dates of birth. Citizens who will be receiving their ID’d for the first time will not pay.
One of the first people to receive the new ID card was former president Nelson Mandela, who received his on his birthday, on July 18.