DHA douses fears of ‘ordained’ contractor in biometrics tender ructions

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has allayed fears that the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) project has been ceded to an EOH subcontractor amid growing ructions over the contract.

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday fired a broadside to insinuations that French multinational technology company IDEMIA is the preferred company to take over the project from EOH.

The ABIS project is meant to migrate data on the current Home Affairs National Identification System, which only records photos and fingerprints of South African citizens, to the new ABIS system, but is behind schedule by more than two years.

The final implementation of the system would provide a single source of identification for citizens across state institutions and private-sector entities.

Implementation of the ABIS system was delayed after the missing of master files in the ABIS contract with EOH, and a forensic audit is under

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