Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor arrived at the department’s offices in the Pretoria CBD on Tuesday to hand over a smart card ID to President Jacob Zuma.
Pandor toured the offices and spoke to members of the public who were there for help.
The home affairs department issued former president Nelson Mandela with a smart card ID on July 18, when he celebrated his 95th birthday.
At that event, Pandor said the transformation from the ID book to the high tech ID card was symbolic of South Africa’s expedition in the democratic dispensation.
Zuma gets ID
Pandor walked Zuma through the process of issuing the new ID to the collection point, where he was handed his smart card.
Zuma also intended visiting the government printing works to name the machine printing the smart card IDs in honour of struggle stalwarts.
Smart card IDs have also been issued to Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his wife Graca Machel, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and former president Thabo Mbeki.
Other recipients of the first batch of cards included Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, former president FW de Klerk, and struggle veterans Sophie de Bruyn, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada, and Dennis Goldberg.