South African Department of Home Affairs introduces biometric scanners

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Lesotho2-2-jpgSouth African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Minister Malusi Gigaba and his ministry have rolled out a pilot of biometric capturing at four key ports of entry, a move which will see the security being enhanced while easing the pressure on travellers, including those in transit.

Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba has explained that: “By using biometrics, SA immigration is helping to prevent the use of fraudulent documents, protect visitors from identify theft and to stop criminals and immigration violators from entering the country,”

According to the ministry, “This is to explain the work we are doing to enhance border security while easing the pressure on travellers, including those in transit. As you are aware, travel documents accepted for border integrity purposes underpin the ideals of safety and security.”

‘The importance of valid travel documents to international security cannot be overstated as the ability to operate with anonymity, across borders, is a powerful enabler for persons to advance unlawful and illegitimate activities’

Meanwhile; the ministry has not ruled out the old traditional way of having to be granted the legitimacy through paperwork, which the government explains that, ‘travel documents are, however, only as satisfactory as the identification-related systems behind their production, issuance, control and inspection.’

malusi-jpgThe DHA started training officials to capture biometric data at South Africa’s international airports as part of the enhanced Movement Control System (eMCS) Biometric Pilot programme, first introduced at Lanseria International Airport and currently in place at OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International Airports.

In awake of the Paris terrorism act, the ministry has now placed forth this initiative which will at most be very beneficial for counter-acting such criminal events while assuring safety for all.

“By using biometrics, SA immigration is helping to prevent the use of fraudulent documents, protect visitors from identity theft and to stop criminals and immigration violators from entering the country.”

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