Pandor urges first-time voters to register

The minister also urged those who do not have an ID to make use of special office hours.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has urged first-time voters to register this weekend and for those who do not have an ID to make use of this weekend's special office hours.

Home Affairs offices will remain open the same time as the voting stations from 8am to 5pm until Sunday.

This weekend is the last time eligible voters can register to vote on the 7th of May or to re-register if they have changed their address.

From Monday, South Africans will have to register at their municipalities during office hours.

Pandor says first-time voters can apply for the new s mart ID cards where a temporary ID will be issued in order to register.

"I'm so thrilled to see so many young people applying for their smart card and of course we have a number of senior citizens who are also here applying. All of the people I've spoken to who are over 18 years have assured me that they are going to register to vote."