Home Affairs explains why your ID is made public when you Google your name

Home Affairs deputy director general, Vusi Mkhize, says by law the department is obliged to publish people's information after they have done alterations or amplifications of their identities to inform others about the change.

If we change your name or surname or identity, the Act obliges us to gazette that.

Vusi Mkhize, Home Affairs deputy director general

When you change your identity we need to publish so that others who knew you differently can get to know that you have assumed new identity.

Vusi Mkhize, Home Affairs deputy director general

He explains that the department has been publishing the information in a book form over the years.

You would go to government library to check it..

Vusi Mkhize, Home Affairs deputy director general

I think the concern of electronic and publication to make access easy, is the issue we may have to discuss.

Vusi Mkhize, Home Affairs deputy director general

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