Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his department will assist citizens who lost their Identity Documents during the recent natural disasters such as heavy rains, tornadoes and fires to apply for temporary Identification documents to enable them to vote come next week.
Those that have been affected by natural disasters will not be required to pay any fees to re-apply for any Identity Documents lost during natural disasters as the department has decided to waiver their fees to enable them to exercise their democratic right to vote.
The Minister said this on Thursday when he briefed the media in Cape Town on the department’s interventions and relief measures that are being rolled out to residents in areas that were affected by natural disasters that hit some parts of the country recently.
He said some residents have already expressed their concern about losing their Identity Documents, and are concerned they might not be able to vote in next week’s Local Government Elections.
“The Department of Home Affairs today waived all the fees applicable for those victims affected by the fires and floods so that they could be provided with enabling documents that were lost and destroyed.
“This means that all those people who were victims of fire and floods will be able to re-apply for their new Identity Documents without having to pay the applicable fees of R140,” he said.
The Minister extended his sympathy to all citizens in different parts of the country who fell victim to flooding, fire and storms.
He said the department will continue to do all in its power to assist them in whatever way possible for them to return to their normal lives.