She was speaking in the National Assembly during questions posed to ministers. “The key point is that every individual will have to present themselves for life capture. We think the application process will take 15 to 20 minutes and the card will be issued between 5 and 9 days,” says Pandor.
She says that the security features are of a world class standard and addresses some of the constraints that the department has experienced in the past. She says that the card is going to be hard to duplicate as the machinery is bigger and more sophisticated.
She says the smart ID card will go a long way in eliminating the use of fraudulent IDs. The first issue will be free and should it get lost, it will then cost R140 to replace it.
The department was allocated R6.7 billion in the 2013/2014 financial year, and the bulk of the budget is going into developing the smart ID card. – SABC