Banks to use home affairs fingerprint data

2011-10-27 10:49

The department of home affairs and the banking sector are collaborating on an online fingerprint verification model to curb identity-related fraud and corruption that is costing the economy millions of rands, Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said today.

Speaking at the fortnightly post-Cabinet briefing, Manyi said: “This will assist the department’s mandate of protecting the identities of South Africans while assisting in the international effort to push back the frontier of fraud and corruption.”

Manyi explained that banks will be able to access the department of home affairs fingerprint database to curb the practice of swapping photographs on the green ID books.

“Banks have no way to double-check the identities,” he said.

The online fingerprint collaboration would be done between the department of home affairs and the SA Banking Risk Information Centre.

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