T Mbeki, as an example of a good citizen, is Ready to Receive his Smart ID Card

Officials from the Department of Home Affairs have captured Former President Thabo Mbeki’s details in preparation for issuing his new smart ID card.

Home Affairs is on a drive to launch the new smart ID cards with the aim of introducing a paperless environment. Within the next three months, the department will introduce the phased roll out of the smart ID card.

President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Mothlante, Former President Mbeki, FW de Klerk, Winnie Madikizela- Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Andrew Mlangeni are among the leaders that will receive their new cards on Madiba’s birthday on 18 July 2013.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said her department was “prioritising the Mandela generation, those veterans in their 80’s and 90’s, whom we wish to honour while they are with us in person.”

Former President Mbeki hailed the introduction of the new identity cards saying this move would go a long way in the eradication of fraud and improved service delivery levels.

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