Minister pleased with response to collect IDs

Malusi Gigaba says 16,000 people collected their IDs this weekend so they could register to vote.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba conducting a walk about at the Randburg Home Affairs office on 6 March 2016. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says about 16,000 people have already collected their green ID books this weekend so that they could register to vote.

Gigaba conducted a walkabout at the Home Affairs office in Randburg today to check up on progress.

#Elections2016 Gigaba: Says double the usual number of people have visited home affairs offices this weekend. MK pic.twitter.com/UCAzdd33ui

The minister says he's pleased with the work being done.

He says double the usual number of people have visited Home Affairs offices this weekend.

"Usually on weekends we collect about 8,000 documents nationally, but this weekend that number has doubled."

#Elections2016 Gigaba surprised Abigail Smith who was at the Randburg offices to solve a problem with her ID. MK pic.twitter.com/j7blyqNxZc

A resident along with his daughter Abigail were pleased to have Gigaba personally assist with their query.

"We had no idea the minister was here and we had a chat with him and he seemed to be receptive to what we were saying."

Gigaba says some Home Affairs offices in Mpumalanga were affected by protesters disrupting the registration process.