ISSUE 13 | 2016


Dear Colleagues

It’s all systems go for 3 August Elections

Colleagues, as you know, one of the most critical advantages of an enabling document, like a green ID book or Smart ID Card, is that it affords citizens an opportunity freely to cast their votes or be voted for in South Africa’s democratic elections, thus translating into action the principle that ‘the people shall govern.’ In this context, citizens choose representatives for local or national government, using for identification purposes enabling documents that are supplied exclusively by Home Affairs.

As a department we have a constitutional mandate to ensure all South Africans, 16 years and above, acquire the necessary identity documents to enable them to access opportunities and various services that government provides. It follows therefore that Home Affairs should be ready always to provide services to all prospective voters, in support of the Republic’s electoral process, and in promotion of our constitutional democracy. It is against this backdrop that we deem it necessary to apprise you of our readiness as a department to support the effort of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to deliver a free, fair and credible local government election.

In preparation for the upcoming local government elections, scheduled for the 3rd of August 2016, we have in place arrangements to ensure certain services are extended beyond normal working hours. Services to be extended to assist clients prior to and on the Election Day include the collection of green barcoded ID books and Smart ID Cards, and the issuance of Temporary Identity Certificates.

Accordingly, Home Affairs offices across the country will open, on these days:

  • Saturday, 30 July 2016 – [From 08h30 to 17h00]
  • Monday, 1 August 2016 – [08h30 to 18h00]
  • Tuesday, 2 August 2016 – [08h30 to 18h00]
  • Wednesday, 3 August 2016 – [07h00 to 19h00]

Already arrangements have been made with the IEC for our officials who will be deployed in the provinces on Election Day to cast special votes on 1 August 2016.

By way of a media briefing held on Tuesday (19 July 2016), we have urged citizens who have applied for ID books and Smart ID Cards to collect their documents, from the offices of application. It should concern us greatly that at the end of June 2016, we had a total of,

  • 44 681uncollected green ID books across the country,
  • 68 669uncollected Smart ID Cards,
  • 168 950 uncollectedre-issue Smart ID Cards.

This brings the total of all uncollected identity documents to 282 300 – including all uncollected green ID books and Smart ID Cards.We will compile, and distribute, a list of people who must still collect their identity documents.

Our clarion call is that:

  • Citizens should collect their IDs, with no delay, both the green ID books & Smart ID Cards.
  • All Home Affairs Stakeholder Forums are to enlist support of communities to distribute IDs.
  • Local Governments, where possible, should assist citizens struggling to reach Home Affairs offices to collect their documents, including those in remote and rural communities, and those in informal settlements and historically disadvantaged communities. In this regard, providing transport is one of the ways of assisting our people to get their documents.
  • All political parties should encourage voters to collect their enabling documents, so they can exercise their democratic right to vote come 3 August.




Green IDs



Free State

1 832

37 790

39 622

Northern Cape


8 982

9 118

North West

1 472

16 440

17 912


2 558

51 261

53 819

Eastern Cape

7 149

15 888

23 037

Western Cape

3 984

26 544

30 528


3 813

26 452

30 265


4 964

14 455

19 419


18 773

38 490

57 263



1 317

1 3 17


44 681

237 619

282 300


Like the dedicated Baetapele that we are, let’s pool our energy to ensure people have enabling documents, so they can vote, and have access to many other benefits and services.

We salute all Colleagues who will be on duty in support of the 3 August elections, and we encourage all Colleagues also to vote.


Malusi Gigaba

Minister of Home Affairs