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Home Affairs extends operating hours ahead of municipal elections

Offices will be open on Saturday, 30 July as well as on 1 and 2 August until 6pm.

An IEC official takes down the details of a new eligible voter registering in the Denver community near Johannesburg's CBD. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Home Affairs has announced extended operating hours in the lead-up to and on the day of the municipal elections, to ensure citizens have their required ID books in order to vote.

Minister Malusi Gigaba held a briefing in Pretoria today where he urged those South Africans who have not collected their IDs at Home Affairs offices to do so urgently.

He says Home Affairs offices will be open on Saturday, 30 July as well as on 1 and 2 August until 6pm.

Gigaba says staff will also be ready to help the public on the day of the elections until 7pm.

"Services that follow will be extended to assist clients prior to the elections for the collection of the green coded ID documents, smart ID cards and the issuing of temporary ID certificates."

He says there are more than 280,000 uncollected IDs at their offices.

"Citizens should collect their IDs with no delay. All Home Affairs stakeholder forums are to enlist the support of communities to distribute the documents."

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