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South Africa launches new ID card system

Older South Africans say move is reminiscent of repressive apartheid passbooks black people had to carry.

Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 12:11
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South Africa is launching a new identity card system which the government says will reduce identity fraud.
 
Some illegal immigrants are already trying to bribe officials to get one of the cards in order to find work.
 
But for older South Africans, the new ID cards represents a major step away from the apartheid era, in which blacks were forced to carry a passbook that stripped them of their citizenship and identities.

Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from Johannesburg.

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