JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs is considering assigning random identity numbers to South Africans, to replace the current structured 11-digit system.
Home Affairs said random ID numbers are more secure and private.
The Department also said the proposed system be also more inclusive.
While it still wants to consult with people who will be affected, it's proposing using an "X" or "alternative digit" in place of the seventh number of an ID for people whose gender identity is not male or female.
Home Affairs director-general Tommy Makhode said the new system would help safeguard against identity theft.
Members of the public are able to comment on the proposed legislation until 28 November.