President Jacob Zuma
SOUTH Africa's Home Affairs minister,
Nksazana Dlamini-Zuma said the issuing of
smart identity document cards has been shelved
owing to investigations into
the State Information Technology Agency (SITA).
She revealed this during an interaction with
local media following the tour of Government Printers.
"As you know government had decided that
all ICT tenders are given to SITA who then makes
the appropriate recommendations.
The process was taken to SITA.
Something went wrong at SITA in their processes
and at the moment the smart card processes
have been stopped and there are investigations
that are going on at SITA.
I am not sure when this will be completed,
" Dlamini-Zuma said.
"We are at the moment looking at alternatives
to this process.
And perhaps one of the alternatives we were looking
at is whether Government Printers could produce
the smart cards because I do not think this
was considered when the matter was given
to SITA for tender processes.
We are now looking at this possibility."
The minister's comments follow the opposition
Independent Democrats questioning the delay
in the Home Affairs Department's issuing of
the State Information Technology card,
also called the smart card.
Joe Mcgluwa, the ID Spokesperson for Home Affairs,
submitted a question, for written reply to
Dlamini-Zuma, asking why her Department had still
not issued the smart cards, despite a commitment
to start doing so from December 2008 and
a R114 million budget.
He wanted to know whether the cards will be
issued soon. "The State Information Technology
Agent (SITA) has been dragging its feet for almost
14 months, after a tender was allocated
in June 2008," Mcgluwa said.
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