South Africa introduces new smart ID card

The South African news agency, News24 reported that the first smart South African ID cards were issued on 18 July 2013.

The first cards were issued to eminent South Africans including; former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk, President Jacob Zuma, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and others.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor was reported as saying that the ID smart card was a way of affirming citizenship and using digital technology to protect the integrity of the identity of South Africans.

Minister Pandor was also reported as saying that the roll out of identity smart cards would start at 27 regional offices and will target new applicants and those applying to have their identity documents re-issued.