South Africa to protect welfare beneficiaries with biometric ID


The South African Social Security Agency wants to put a biometric system in place to prevent fraud.

The SASSA, which is tasked with the provision of social grants to over 17 million South African, says  it wants compliance that will prevent deductions and reduce fraud.

"We will have an improved biometric system… SASSA wants to have the ability to not only own the grant beneficiaries' data but to protect it better," he said, reports ITWeb. 

Social development minister Bathabile Dlamini adds: "We are working with the Department of Science and Technology, through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. They have been able to put together a biometrics system that will take us forward. We have given them the responsibility of coming up with a card with good features so that our card is made in South Africa to create jobs."

SASSA's latest efforts appear to back a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) directive for the agency to safeguard the personal data of beneficiaries.

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