Home Affairs Opens Saturdays in April and May for 5 Hours to Help South Africans Ahead of Elections

Home Affairs Opens Saturdays in April and May for 5 Hours to Help South Africans Ahead of Elections

  • The Department of Home Affairs will open its offices for five hours every Saturday from 6 April to 25 May 2024
  • This will allow South Africans to access ID collection services and facilitate new applications ahead of the elections
  • Citizens can book appointments using the Branch Appointment Booking System (BABS) or visit offices without prior booking

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Home Affairs extends operating hours.
The Department of Home Affairs opens on Saturdays till the 25th of May. Twitter/@LegalSa and Getty Images/Michael Jung
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JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs has announced extended office hours on Saturdays from 6 April to 25 May 2024, excluding 27 April, to provide essential services to South Africans.

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Home Affairs expands Saturday services

The offices will be open for five hours, from 08:00 to 13:00, focusing on ID collection services, new applications, and issuing Temporary Identity Certificates.

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The department released a statement that Home Affairs will address challenges related to duplicates, amendments, rectifications, and cases requiring supporting documents.

There will also be mobile offices that will return to remote areas where they previously accepted applications, ensuring accessibility for all citizens.

South Africans will also have the option to book appointments for Smart ID Cards and Green barcoded ID books using the Branch Appointment Booking System (BABS). However, walk-ins are also welcome, providing flexibility for those unable to book in advance.

Deputy Minister Mr. Njabulo Nzuza said:

"We invite people who have applied for their IDs, particularly young first-time applicants, to come to our offices and collect their documents. This initiative aims to offer more options and convenience to individuals obtaining their enabling documents."

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Netizens weigh in

People across South Africa have weighed in, sharing their opinions on the government department's extended hours. Most people are convinced it was only done to boost the ANC's votes during the elections.

Here are some of the reactions:

@Simon Lekwape said:

"So the government will do anything in its power just to have continued access to tax receipts- Ya neh!"

@Ntaoleng Moreko advised:

"I wish this could go on even after those dates."

@Reneilwe Waga Mahlare joked:

"The minute ba bula, they will tell us the system is offline."

@Aubrey Cypriel Mathebula joked:

"The power of elections."

@Attie Izaks said:

"Their system is always offline, so make sure your system is online."

@Mamahlogi Malemela Thereza shared:

"Because we're approaching elections."

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Trisha Pillay (Weekend current affairs editor) Trisha Pillay is a Current Affairs writer at Briefly News. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg and an Honours degree in International Politics from UNISA. She joined ENCA straight out of varsity and completed an internship at the channel. Pillay later went on to cover politics, crime, entertainment, and current affairs at the Citizen Newspaper. She joined Newzroom Afrika in 2019 and became a senior bulletin editor for shows focused on politics and current affairs on the channel. She joined Briefly News in 2023. You can contact her at trisha.pillay@briefly.co.za