Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town branch of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public, Conveyancer and Insolvency Practitioner with many years of experience in the fields of property law, conveyancing and the laws relating to corporate compliance (especially in respect of the FICA and POPIA laws). Up until 2018 she was also head of the firm’s national marketing portfolio. She is a seasoned public speaker and presenter, both in person and online. She prepares text for the majority of STBB’s internal and external publications and is editor and co-writer for two pivotal publications in the South African real estate industry – the ABC of Conveyancing (JUTA) and Delport’s South African Property Law and Practice (JUTA).

Thought of the Week | The value of your old identity document

The Identification Act 68 of 1997 (“the Act”) has very specific provisions that apply should you come into (re)possession of a lost or stolen identity document (or identity card).

You would have had to replace your lost/stolen identity document or card meaning that you would then be in possession of two forms of identification.

The Act provides, in essence, that you may not be in possession of both. Thus, if the earlier identity document was located and returned to you or if you found it hidden away in the back of a cupboard, you must hand it to the Director General of the Department of Home Affairs for cancellation. Failure to adhere to this requirement renders you guilty of an offence.

This explains why third parties will not accept an old identity document as valid proof of your identity. The last identity document/card issued to you must always be used.

It is important to note that in any conveyancing-related transaction, your newest and current form of identity document must always be presented when called for by the conveyancer since old identification documents can delay a transaction.

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