Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba has launched a new digital identification system as part of the Department’s modernisation program at a breakfast meeting in Cape Town.

The automated biometric identification system (ABIS) replaces Home Affairs’ national identification system which is manually operated and out-dated.

Gigaba says the new system will improve the way the identities of South Africans and foreign nationals are authenticated.

“It relies not only on the fingerprint scan and facial recognition; it goes a step forward in scanning the DNA, relying on iris scan and footprint identification, especially for minor children. It’s going to form the backbone of government’s identification and will enable not only other government departments, but also the private sector to authenticate the identity of their clients,” says Gigaba.

 

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