Duplicate ID books to be invalidated

50,000 duplicate ID books will be invalidated and removed from the national population register.

South African identity document. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - The Department of Home Affairs will invalidate more than 50,000 duplicate ID documents over the next two months and remove them from the national population register.

Citizens now have one last opportunity to check with the department whether their ID numbers fall into this category before they're wiped off the system.

Since 2009, the department has reduced the number of duplicate IDs from more than 500,000 to around 50,000.

The department's deputy Director-General Vusi Mkhize says these include citizens who have been allocated multiple ID numbers and those who share the same number.

Mkhize says the duplicate IDs originate from the merger of the former homelands into the central home affairs department, crime syndicates which create fraudulent documents and citizens who change their details to escape debt.

He says without a valid ID, citizens won't have access to banking services and legal and social services from the government.