South West Africa identity documents still valid

Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration on Wednesday said the South West Africa identity documents (SWA IDs) used by Namibians prior to the country's independence, are still valid because their invalidity is still not yet gazetted.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the ministry's spokesperson, Sakeus Kadhikwa, said the update was necessitated by the fact that some institutions are no longer accepting the South West Africa identification documents, and this may be due to previous reports in the media that these documents were going to be de-gazetted.

Kadhikwa said the SWA IDs remain valid identity documents until they are de-gazetted by the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration.

This is in accordance with Section 19 of the Identification Act 21 of 1996.

Source: Namibia Press Agency