Dear South Africa

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has called for public comment on a new draft official identity management policy which aims to introduce a new ID system in South Africa.

Please have your say below.

1566 participants (closed 28 February 2021)

Dear South Africa

[CLOSED] Have your say – shape this draft policy.

    Do you support the Draft Official Identity Management Policy?

    What is your top concern?


    Dear South Africa


    To address these and other problems, the DHA’s draft identity management policy makes the following recommendations:

    • ID numbers based on parents – The identity number of a child must be processed on the basis of biographic information and linked to their parents’ identity numbers and mother’s biometric data.
    • Recognition of other sex/gender categories – The new legislation and population register must make a provision that enables the establishment of a category that is neither male nor female.
    • Random unique identity number – Another option is to issue a random unique identity number that is not linked to or founded on a person’s sex/gender, date of birth, place of birth or any other marker.
    • Records of persons throughout their lifespan – Every birth that takes place in the country must be registered. If possible, the biometrics of children must be captured at birth. Where impossible, the biometrics of a parent must be linked to the birth certificate of a child.
    • Re-registration – Children must be reregistered when they reach age five with ten fingerprints and iris and facial photographs. A combination of different biometric data for children should be considered with options such as the photograph of the ear.