Zille applies for smart ID

Western Cape premier stood in line to apply for her new smart ID at a Home Affairs office.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: Niki McQueen via www.da.org.za.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has applied for a new ID smart card at the Home Affairs offices in Cape Town.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former President FW de Klerk are some of the other South Africans who have already received their cards.

Posing for cameras, hugging and greeting people, the department's offices in the Cape Town CBD didn't delay the Premier as she patiently applied for her new smart ID card.

It's estimated it will take up to eight years before all South Africans have one of their own as the project is rolled out in five phases.

The new cards feature advanced security features designed to prevent identity theft in the country.

Zille says she was pleased with how quick and easy it was to apply and stresses that she wasn't given preferential treatment because she is the Premier.