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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.