Last week Minister of Home Affairs, Siyabonga Cwele, published a white paper (PDF) on repositioning its mandate to replace the population register with the national identity system and improve the management of asylum seekers.
The Minister says that the white paper document has set out the department’s exclusive mandate and its central role in the state and society. It will also provide the nation with the means of knowing the unique identity and civic, as well as the immigration status of every citizen globally and each person who has been in our country.
“The National Identity System (NIS) will replace the current national population register and will draw data, in real-time, from the civic registration and immigration systems,” said Cwele to IOL News.
According to the Department the NIS will be supported by a multimodal automated biometric identification system that would be digital, integrated and operate in a cyber environment using e-identity, which had been installed and would replace the outdated Home Affairs national identification system.
“The system will be a critical enabler of access to efficient services and inclusive economic growth. Legislation will specify data that must be reflected in the NIS and govern its use,” concluded the Minister.