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South Africa considering biometrics to fight housing fraud


South Africa’s Human Settlements Minister recently said that her department is considering the use of biometrics technology to prevent people from reapplying for the government’s low-cost housing scheme when they have previously benefited from the program.

According to a report in the Sowetan, the MInister said that an identity management and verification system has worked in India, and could be used as the government was centralizing its RDP housing beneficiary list.

“They have found that to fight the problem in India, they introduced biometrics. We’ll look at the system and find ways to see if it can work for us.”

In December, it was reported that South Africa’s Department of Human Settlements (DHS) will launch a biometric identification system for the N2 Gateway Housing Project in Cape Town to ensure houses are given to and occupied by their rightful owners.

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