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E-death system to curb identity fraud

E-death system to curb identity fraud

Aili Iilonga

DEPUTY Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Maurene Hinda-Mbuenda, says that the e-death notification system used by home affairs to register deaths in the country will not only make the process easier for families, but will help to curb the prevailing identity fraud.

DONATION: From left; Home Affairs Director of Administration Deon Scott, Old Mutual Group CEO Kosmas Egumbo, Home Affairs and Immigration Ministry’s Deputy Minister Maurene Hinda-Mbeunde, Old Mutual COO Holger Oberprieter and OPM’s Deputy Commissioner Stefanus Van Staden at the handover ceremony of 25 computers for the –death system. Photo Aili Iilonga

Hinda-Mbuenda said that in the past, incidents of identity fraud were a concern to officials, as scrupulous people would claim to be dead only to resurface later and claim funds from government institutions or insurance companies.

She was speaking at the handing over of 25 computers worth N$300 000 which were donated by Old Mutual for the e-death system, which was launched last year.

Statistics from the Ministry of Home Affairs revealed that the system registered 18 964 deaths in 2017/18 and 19 000 in the 2018/19 financial year.

“We had incidents where people submitted fraudulent claims of death or birth certificates to home affairs or other institutions to benefits. We want this system to eliminate ghost workers and ghost voters. It will eliminate all the ghosts amongst us,” she said.

The e-death system is a project founded by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) as part of civil registration and identification management.

Stefanus Van Staden, Deputy Commissioner from the OPM, said that the system will not only register deceased persons and help make the process fairly easier for the family, but that it will also be able to keep track of the bodies and prevent them from getting lost.

“Apart from registering the number of deaths in the country, the system will also be able to trace the body so it does not get lost, which has been the case in the past,” he said.

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