Smartcard to replace ID book

The Home Affairs Minister reveals a new ID Smartcard in Parliament.

Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma shows her new ID smart card during a media briefing in Cape Town on 25 April 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South Africans will be getting smartcards which will replace identity documents as soon as next year, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced on Wednesday.

She made the announcement during her budget vote in Parliament, Cape Town.

The new ID card is the size of a credit card.

It will have a microchip containing the bearer's personal information.

The minister showed off her card in Parliament.

The card had a picture and other information.

The microchip contains all the other necessary particulars.

Home Affairs will pilot the system before the official roll out.