Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
14 Sep 2021
5:30 am

Will Home Affairs system upgrade make a difference?

Marizka Coetzer

The department aims to migrate to a new electronic system by the end of the year.

Home Affairs. Picture: Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius

The department of home affairs aims to migrate to a new electronic system by the end of the year, but will it catch up on the backlog of undocumented migrants, births, and deaths on the system? Lynnette Swart, a marriage officer, has been waiting nine years to update her twin’s birth certificate. “I wasn’t married when I gave birth to my twins so the social worker only put my details on the birth certificate,” Swart said. Many years later, she decided to add the father’s name to the birth certificates. “In 2012, he even came up from Pietermaritzburg to sign...