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The South African Identity Document Number System




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::   .ooO The South African Identity Document Number System by Pneuma Ooo.  ::
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:: Every so often, i see some kiddie is busted for fraud, and it is proven  ::
:: that the most frequent cause of this is entering a wrong id number.This  ::
:: information does not endorse fraud and the user of this information is   ::
:: liable for all misuse. The id number consists of 13 numerical digits and ::
:: is divided into 4 groups of numbers, namely the first 6 digits, the next ::
:: four digits, the next 2 digits and the last digit. The groups of digits  ::
:: each mean something that should be taken into account.                   ::
::                                                                          ::
::Structure of ID number:                                                   ::
::                             YYMMDD SSSS PP C                             ::
::                             111111 2222 33 4                             ::
::            Date of Birth______|      |  |  |_____ Control Digit          ::
::                              Sex ___ |  |____Population Group            ::
::                                                                          ::
:: 1) The first six digits represent the date of birth of the number holder ::
:: in the order YYMMDD, first two digits indicating yeat, next two month and::
:: last two day.                                                            ::
::                                                                          ::
:: 2) The following four digits is a serial number and indicates sex of the ::
:: number holder. If the nummers is between 0001 and 4999, the holder is    ::
:: female, if the number is above 5000 then he is male.                     ::
::                                                                          ::
:: 3) The third group of represents the population group and citezenship of ::
:: the holder and is a fixed number, as shown in the following:             ::
::                                                                          ::
:: Population group      S.A. Citizen    Non-S.A. Citizen                   ::
:: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^      ^^^^^^^^^^^^    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                   ::
:: i)    White           00              10                                 ::
:: ii)   Cape Coloured   01              11                                 ::
:: iii)  Malay           02              12                                 ::
:: iv)   Griqua          03              13                                 ::
:: v)    Chinese         04              14                                 ::
:: vi)   Indian          05              15                                 ::
:: vii)  Other Asian     06              16                                 ::
:: viii) Other Coloured  07              17                                 ::
::                                                                          ::
::4) The last (13th) digit is a control digit forming part of the number.   ::
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:: [ Note from Wyzewun: Nobody is told what the function of the "control    ::
::   digit is. It's simpy there. :/ It's my assumption that its used to     ::
::   store information such as Code 9 == political activist, be sure to tap ::
::   his phone or something. This would also make sense as my ID number was ::
::   changed recently :> ]                                                  ::
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:: Notes:                                                                   ::
:: ^^^^^^                                                                   ::
:: 1) Make sure your Date of Birth and the first four digits correlate.     ::
::                                                                          ::
:: 2) Make sure your sex and name correlate to the second group and do not  ::
:: use 0000. The best option is to use an random number such as 6483 etc.   ::
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:: 3) Make sure your surname correlates to your cultural group.             ::
::                                                                          ::
:: 4) Be wary of using 0 or 9 for the control digit as these are uncommon,  ::
:: good numbers are 4,5,6 or 7                                              ::
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:: Digression:                                                              ::
:: ^^^^^^^^^^^                                                              ::
:: 1) The format of the Date offers an interesting debate on Y2K issues.    ::
:: For instance, what will happen to people, who are born after 2000, will  ::
:: they receive a pension for being over 100 years old from the day they are::
:: born?  Will people born in 1900 stop receiving their pensions as they are::
:: newly born? Perhaps the government should re-evaluate this numbering     ::
:: system and soon. :P                                                      ::
::                                                                          ::
:: 2&3) This is racism and sexism florishing in the new South Africa, even  ::
:: worse, it happens to be the old era kind. Why is there no African or     ::
:: Black population group? Why do we even classify a person's race? The same::
:: goes for sex. Is this form of Big Brother classification and surveilance ::
:: neccassary?                                                              ::
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:: 3) The format restricts the amount of people who can be born in one day  ::
:: to 5000 per sex and cultural group. What happens if more are born on one ::
:: day?                                                                     ::
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:: Conclusion:                                                              ::
:: ^^^^^^^^^^^                                                              ::
:: As you can see, this format is straight forward, albeit extremely flawed.::
:: Perhaps in time some polititions will change this system and I will be   ::
:: able to revise this article.                                             ::
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