Deputy Speaker, as part of the effort to ensure that every citizen in the country is registered, the Department of Home Affairs is involved in the National Population Registration Campaign which was launched in March 2010. It is twenty years into our democracy and citizens must ensure that children are registered within 30 days of birth.
The ANC welcomes this commitment by the Minister of Home Affairs to end the late registration of births, which was designed to redress the legacy of 300 years of colonialisation and apartheid. This late registration was also a source of corrupt and fraudulent entries in the National Population Register, but will now be ending on 20 December 2015.
We call upon all South Africans who are not yet registered to take this opportunity to approach Home Affairs and to register themselves in the remaining 15 months, failing which, there will be little scope for late registrations of birth.
Finally, we call on all parents to ensure that their newborn children are registered within 30 days of birth. Most births can now be registered in 389 health facilities throughout the country. I thank you. [Applause.]