Dozens of individuals queued outdoors Cape City’s principal Dwelling Affairs workplace hoped to make the most of the prolonged workplace hours this weekend to use for paperwork or do different civic enterprise.
The queue outdoors Barrack Avenue Dwelling Affairs within the Cape City CBD on Saturday, 18 November 2023. Image: Lindsay Dentlinger/Eyewitness Information
CAPE TOWN – Dozens of individuals queued outdoors Cape City’s principal Dwelling Affairs workplace within the Central Enterprise District (CBD) since early Saturday morning.
Nonetheless, most of them weren’t there to gather identification paperwork (IDs) that will permit them to register to vote.
As a substitute, many had been hoping to make the most of the prolonged workplace hours this weekend to use for paperwork or do different civic enterprise.
Dwelling Affairs opened its places of work countrywide this weekend in hopes that thousands of uncollected IDs would be collected.
With appointments at Dwelling Affairs’ Barrack Avenue workplace booked up till the brand new 12 months, many individuals queuing there on Saturday stated they had been suggested by employees through the week to return to use for paperwork.
However an irate supervisor advised these ready that choice could be given to these gathering IDs.
One girl advised Eyewitness Information that she spent her final cash touring from Philippi to get an ID for her 16-year-old daughter and would wait for so long as it took.
“I don’t want to extend time for my daughter to get an ID. I want to get her ID now because I don’t know what might happen. My daughter is a very busy person.”
Seventeen-year-old Kuhle Phakati stated he hoped to show 18 earlier than the voting day was declared.
However for now, he wanted an ID for different causes.
“I got here right here to make an ID so I can vote subsequent 12 months. Plenty of individuals want an ID to write down exams.”
One other girl was additionally hoping to utilize the prolonged hours.
“I obtained married, so my surname modified, so I simply have to get new documentation.”
Dwelling Affairs places of work will probably be open on Sunday as properly to encourage those that have already utilized for an ID to fetch them and register to vote.
The queue outdoors Barrack Avenue Dwelling Affairs within the Cape City CBD. Most of those individuals didn’t come to gather IDs however relatively to make new purposes for causes apart from to vote. Most say they will’t get appointments right here till the brand new 12 months. LD #SAElections24 pic.twitter.com/QT8a7HcPv5
‘ EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 18, 2023