Registering Your SIM Card
The Act was signed into law in 2002 with the intention of intercepting phone calls and SMSes of suspected criminals linked to organised crime. This interception can only be done by the police presenting a request to a judge or magistrate, who will then decide whether to grant permission to access such information.
The Act requires that anyone who makes use of a mobile device, whether it is a cellular phone or internet data card, must register their SIM card with their personal details. The deadline for registration is 30 June 2011.
How to Register Your Mobile Number
You can register your mobile number at any network provider outlet or retail store which displays the green, white and black RICA logo. You will be required to present your identity document or passport, as well as proof of your physical address (a rates statement, retail account or bank statement).
What Happens after 30 June?
If you do not register your SIM card by the specified deadline, you will be automatically barred from using the service provided by your respective network on 1 July 2011.
How to Check if You are Registered
If you are unsure about your registration status, you can check with your network provider:
8ta subscribers who have activated their SIM cards should automatically be compliant with RICA.
- Cell C:
You can call the Cell C call centre on 140 from a Cell C number or on 084 140 from any other number.
MTN subscribers can check their RICA status on the MTN website or call the MTN call centre on 173 (from an MTN number) or on 083 173 from any other phone. Alternatively, MTN users can dial *131*4#.
- Virgin Mobile:
For SMS confirmation, dial *124# from your Virgin Mobile number.
SMS "RICA" to 31050 from your Vodacom number.
Call 111 from your Vodacom number or dial 082 111 from any other phone. You can also check at any Vodacom outlet.