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South Africans urged to comment on Home Affairs policy updates.


Article by: Dumisane Dube

Home affairs is calling on public input by the end of February on The Draft Identity Management policy. The policy will look into identity documentation and eliminating identity theft.

Motsoeloedi says they are trying to correct the flaws on the Home Affairs system.

“The first issue is that we have more than one data base on the system, we need to integrate them and make them one, and the second issue is identity documentation” Motsoaledi added.

The Minister said they are making proposals on major policy focus arrears, the first one is integrating the data base of home affairs, which includes the amendment of the Identification Act 68 of 1997 and the alteration of Sex Description and Status Act 49 of 2003.

“We need to get more advanced as systems become sophisticated and theft and corruption increases” added Motsoeledi.

The policy proposal is aimed at strengthening the department’s core duties.

Currently South Africa is using a system called HANIS (Home Affairs National Information) which comprises of just a photo and fingerprint.

According to Moetseledi the new system they are trying to migrate to is called ABIS (Automatic Biometrics Information System), which captures finger print, photo, palm print, iris and facial recognition.  

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