ID changes proposed to include transgender, intersex and non-binary identities

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02/16/2021

A new draft policy suggests a major review of the identity management system to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in order to include various categories to better represent those who identify as transgender, intersex or non-binary. The current Identification Act used by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is now more than 20 years old and is not based on a policy that considers key local and global developments in managing official personal information. This in part explains why the current legislation and systems are outdated, fragmented and do not fully align with constitutional principles of equality, non-discrimination and human dignity. Gender and sexual identity minorities are largely excluded from enrolling in or using the South African identity system because the current laws and policies do not cater for changes in the gender/sex attribute of the identity system. They experience discrimination when attempting to register or update their gender in the ID system. This draft policy thus calls for a modernised DHA identity management system.

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