Home Affairs playing its part for voter registration weekend

Home Affairs offices will be open until 5pm this weekend so people get their documents in order to register.

Home Affairs. Picture: Chrsta Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Home Affairs Department says it's prepared for a bumper voter registration weekend.

The department is currently working through a backlog of at least 200,000 uncollected smart IDs and 70,000 green ID books.

Its offices across the country will remain open until 5pm today and tomorrow to ensure people can get the documents they need to be able to register to vote.

The Home Affairs office in Wynberg, Cape Town is teeming with people as a full staff complement works to assist those in the trailing queues.

Waiting in line, Nadia Booth, says she's come to sort out her ID in order to vote in the municipal election.

"We have come to get our IDs for the voting and some people have lost their IDs. We've been here since 6am."

To reduce pressure, the office has initiated an ID delivery service dropping off documents to homes in surrounding areas including Masiphumelele and Retreat.

In Barrack Street there are similar scenes of snaking queues as many take advantage of the extended operating hours.

In the Western Cape, about 25,000 smart ID cards and about 4,000 green ID books have yet to be collected.

If you want to know whether you're on the voters' roll and where you are registered to vote, you can SMS your identity number to 32810.