Activists comment on proposed ID number system

Home Affairs has published a draft of its new official identity management policy. It is open for public comment until 28 February. The department is aiming to introduce a National Identity System in order to guard against identity theft and to digitise identity management. #eNCA​ Courtesy #DStv403

 

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs has published a draft of its new official identity management policy for public comment.

The department is aiming to introduce a national identity system in order to guard against identity theft and digitise identity management.

Gender activists are happy that the new system takes into account the wishes of transgender, non-binary and intersex people in allocating identity numbers.

READ: Home Affairs considers new ID number system

Sibusiso Kheswa from the Human Rights Group Iranti is pleased with the proposal.

Kheswa said the new system won't impact on the rights of a majority, but will be more inclusive.

He told eNCA's Dan Moyane this will make things easier for those who do not want to disclose their gender identity.

"When it comes to travelling, when it comes to your passport [currently] you must have a male or female. We are not talking of a third sex, we are talking of a third option that will be represented by X which means unspecified for any person in South Africa who choose not to specify their gender then they will have that option," he said.

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eNCA

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