Tracking down fake IDs

The Department of Home Affairs might launch a forensic audit to find out how many fraudulent identity documents are in circulation.

The Department of Home Affairs might launch a forensic audit to find out how many fraudulent identity documents are in circulation.

Home Affairs minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in the national assembly yesterday, in reply to a question by Sandy Kalyan, of the DA, that her department would consider an audit in the next financial year.

"Should such an audit be deemed necessary and feasible, it will be done in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, notably those within the Justice, Crime, Peace and Security Cluster and the Forum of South African Directors-General," Mapisa-Nqakula said.

The terms of reference of the audit, which would include its timeframes and scope, would be determined with these partners.

The final decision on the feasibility of an audit would take into account the impending introduction of the smart card ID system, which would help to identify fraud and would drastically reduce the number of fake IDs through a multi-level identification service, Mapisa-Nqakula said. - Sapa

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