The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs has said that it is concerned about incidences in which some people have withheld or dispossessed others of their National Identity Cards without their consent. This has resulted in failure to access services by those dispossessed of their cards, says the ministry.
The Ministry said such practice is unlawful and any person who dispossesses another of their Identity Card is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding P500.00 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months or to both. (National Registration Act, CAP. 01:02, Section 18 and 19).
“The Ministry therefore advises all concerned to refrain from such practices. Batswana are encouraged to report such cases to the relevant authorities and to ensure their identity cards are preserved and safely kept,” reads a statement from the ministry.