Fact Check: No, Home Affairs isn't about to discontinue old IDs

Fact Check: No, Home Affairs isn't about to discontinue old IDs

- A recent viral post on social media claimed that green ID books would be discontinued in favour of the new card ID

- However, this has been slammed as 'fake news' by the Department of Home Affairs

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind the situation that had citizens stressing

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A social media user called Miss Nthabi K recently shared a document on a Department of Home Affairs letterhead claiming that the green ID books would be discontinued in April.

The letter was allegedly on display at a branch in Upington, calling on citizens to replace the old IDs with the new smart cards.

However, Briefly.co.za gathered that this was simply not true. The Department of Home Affairs has since shed some light on the situation.

In a post to social media, the government revealed that no plans were currently in place to discontinue the old form of ID:

“Take note of fake news regarding the discontinuation of the green barcoded ID document. The department has not announced any plans to discontinue the green barcoded ID."

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Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni has shut down similar rumours in the past, commenting:

“We call upon members of the public to ignore these mischievous messages. Responding with panic affects our systems negatively‚ thus making it very difficult for us to deliver services as expected‚ professionally and in the most humane ways."

South Africans can rest assured that their IDs are still valid, with Apleni explaining that:

“There is no expiry date for the green bar coded ID. It is valid until the time we sort out everything we need to deal with [in issuing the smart ID].”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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