To foil ID theft, govt wants to ‘reregister’ every SA child when they turn five

Published: 3/Jan/2021
Source: Business Insider (Johannesburg)

When they turn five years old, South African children should be “reregistered” with the government, with a comprehensive set of biometric data captured, the department of home affairs (DHA) has recommended.

That, it says, is the way to stop foreigners stealing the identities of dead children.

The department on Thursday gazetted its draft Identity Management Policy, laying out its thinking on how to update South Africa’s system of identification, under legislation now 20 years old.

It has proposed a system of random ID numbers, or at least replacing one digit with an “X” to make provision for people who do not fall into the male/female binary.

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