JOHANNESBURG – The Home Affairs Department said that the biometric capturing system will now be rolled out at six of South Africa’s busiest land ports of entry.
The system, which captures traveller’s finger prints at South Africa’s international airports, was introduced by the department in April last year.
Minister Malusi Gigaba this has improved security at South Africa’s ports of entry and while the system has experienced some glitches, he was satisfied with the overall results.
“During the course of this financial year, we’ll be rolling out the biometric capture system at Beit Bridge, Lebombo, Ficksburg, Maseru Bridge, Oshoek and Kopfontein,” the minister said.
The system was met with some criticism from citizens and the tourism industry, who were concerned that it would discourage visitors from travelling to the country.
Gigaba said that in the space of three days last week, the OR Tambo International Airport had experienced flight delays due to glitches in the biometric system.