The smart identification card remained the most secure form of identification ever produced, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said.
He was responding to a DA parliamentary question.
DA MP Haniff Hoosen questioned whether the department had detected any cases of fraud or corruption since the roll out of the new smart IDs in South Africa and how and if the system could be infiltrated. The minister assured the party the cards were “quite safe”.
Roll out on the new smart IDs began last February and piloted at banks in August 2015. The department said currently there had been no fraud or corruption cases reported.
“The smart ID card remains the most highly secured form of identification ever produced with sophisticated security features that are not corruptible.
No corruption cases have been detected during the roll out of the smart ID card process. The department does not issue fraudulent smart ID cards,” the minister said in the reply published on Monday.