Our identity is under threat

Many will agree that rampant corruption concerning the issuing of identity documents calls for radical measures to tackle the massive problem once and for all.

Many will agree that rampant corruption concerning the issuing of identity documents calls for radical measures to tackle the massive problem once and for all.

One possible solution broached in the National Assembly on Monday is a national audit to determine the extent of the corruption.

Most laudable is that Home Affairs minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula seems prepared to consider an audit to find out how many fraudulent documents are in circulation.

Though tentative in a reply to a DA question in the assembly, Mapisa-Nqakula said a probe could be instituted next year. She also indicated that law enforcement agencies from other departments would possibly be roped in.

As is known, the South African identity document is in demand because of the economic opportunities it opens up for the holder.

It comes as no surprise, therefore, that no other African country has been racked by corruption regarding the issue of fraudulent documents on the scale witnessed in South Africa.

Worse, anecdotal evidence points to something of a national crisis, even though the government might paint a contradictory picture.

Instituting an audit should not be an option but an imperative to tackle the growing rot that seeks to undermine our democracy.

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