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Vodacom De-registered 1 Million Inactive SIM Cards

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South Africa's Vodacom has confirmed that it is deregistering approximately one million inactive SIM cards as part of the requirements of the country's RICA Act, which required all SIM cards to be registered by their users.

Vodacom has identified almost one million SIMs which have been registered but not yet activated. All of these SIMs have now been deregistered. This means that these SIMs cannot be sold and used without first being registered in the new customer's name. Supporting this measure, Vodacom has also implemented a process whereby all SIMs registered but not activated within 30 days will automatically be deregistered.

The company is also checking all instances where numerous SIM cards were registered in the name of a single customer.

In the case of company registrations, Vodacom will verify the details of these companies with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission. All new registrations undertaken in a company name will also be checked in the same way.

Speaking about the initiative, Portia Maurice, Chief Officer Corporate Affairs said: "Vodacom fully supports the goal of reducing crime and we're pleased to work with the Department of Justice to ensure that not only the letter but also the spirit of RICA is being implemented. By taking these actions, we're closing down avenues that criminals could use to hide their identity. We'll continue to engage with the relevant authorities as they implement additional measures to stamp out fraudulent activity."

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