Tutu gets new identity card

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor handed archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu his ID card in Cape Town.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu receives his new identity documentation on 25 July 2013. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Home Affairs Department will need to increase its manpower if it hopes to ensure the issuing of smart identity (ID) card goes smoothly.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor handed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu his new identity documentation on Thursday.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner commended Pandor and her department for the work they chieved with the ID cards.

Pandor said her department hopes to issue 100,000 ID cards by 2014.

She said more officials would be needed if they hope to run a successful operation.

Tutu joked about receiving the card and the man on his ID.

First time applicants and the elderly will not have to pay the R140 fee charged for new documentation.

Former President FW de Klerk took ownership of his on Wednesday, while his successor Nelson Mandela received his on his birthday last week.

Home Affairs says the new cards will take five to 10 days to produce and deliver, compared with the current 47 days for the paper booklets.