South Africa to update ID system – here’s what you should know

Published: 20/Nov/2020
Source: BusinessTech (South Africa)

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has approved the Official Identity Management Policy for public comment.

In a media briefing on Thursday (19 November), minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said that the policy proposes a number of changes to existing legislation including the Identification Act and Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act, to align them with the Constitution and the Protection of Personal Information Act.

“It also proposes the integration of the national population register to enable a single view of a person with features to interface with other government and private sector identity management systems,” Mthembu said.

“It will integrate the current systems into a biometric-enabled National Identity System. The new proposed population register will form the basis of an official e-identity which will serve as the backbone of state and private digital platforms.”

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Year: 2020