Second IDs to cost you

THE Department of Home Affairs wants to increase the price of second identity documents applications as a way of encouraging people to take better care of their IDs, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, above , said yesterday.

"We are looking at increasing the tariffs for ID applications," she said at a briefing in Cape Town.

"The first application is free. We will leave it at that. The second one you pay very little ... less than R20.

"We are going to increase the tariff so people think twice about going to the office to get an ID book. Sometimes we don't value things we get cheaply."

She said people often left their IDs at home - then showed up at Home Affairs to get temporary ones.

Dlamini-Zuma was criticised last week after she announced that 524000 uncollected IDs would be destroyed.