Home Affairs launches new biometric system as it pursues lofty ideals

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday launched an Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), in Cape Town, which will identify and verify citizens using fingerprint, facial recognition and iris biometrics. “ABIS is a fundamental baseline for the broader National Identification System that will consolidate South African and foreign nationals’ data into a single base. The long-term goal was to build a single, integrated, digital platform for the department and the Republic as a whole,” he said.