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Johanensburg - If you have cloned yourself, you have two months to declare this.
On Thursday, the Department of Home Affairs released a list of more than 96 000 people who have more than one identity number.
In state jargon, they’re called the duplicates.
The department, which is responsible for assigning identity numbers, said it found the duplicates by checking through the Home Affairs national identification system or the National Population Register.
Some of those listed - the department doesn’t say how many - have more than two identity numbers.
“In terms of section 7 of the Identification Act, 1997, the director-general is empowered to assign only one identity number to each person whose particulars are included in the population register,” said the Home Affairs notice with the list.
The solution is for duplicates to get to the nearest Home Affairs office to sort this out.
The department wants them to do this “at their earliest convenience and without delay” so that officials can cancel the extras.
“The resolution of the duplicates will be effected by way of cancellation of one of the identity numbers, as well as the corresponding identity document, where a person has been assigned two or more identity numbers.
“The invalidation of identity numbers will be effected upon resolution of each duplicate case.”
The department said it intended to have all the duplicate identity numbers under this category invalidated by the end of October this year.
There’s no indication of what happens to the duplicates who fail to contact Home Affairs.