New ID system planned for South Africa – here’s what you need to know

Published: 4/Jan/2021
Source: Soweto Gazette

By Amahle Pillay

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has published its new draft identity management policy for public comment. The policy aims to introduce a new ID system in the country which will act as a single source of information on all South Africans.

The department said that the current Identification Act is now more than 20 years old and is not based on a policy that considers key local and global developments in managing official personal information.

“This in part explains why the current legislation and systems are outdated, fragmented and do not fully align with constitutional principles of equality, non-discrimination and human dignity,” it said.

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Themes: Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2021