Western Cape police terminate controversial 'dompas' system

This was part of an initiative driven by the Community Policing Forum in Sector 4.

FILE: The green ID cards issued to workers in Worcester. Picture: Daily Voice.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have put an end to a controversial project of issuing green ID cards to workers and job seekers in Worcester.

The cards, which have been likened to the apartheid era 'dompas' system apparently had to be carried by workers when they entered affluent parts of the town.

This was part of an initiative driven by the Community Policing Forum in Sector 4.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said, "When we learned about this, we instituted an investigation. The investigation has concluded, the current process has stopped and we will divulge more detail about what happened."

The Human Rights Commission announced it would also investigate the matter.

Spokesperson Isaacs Mangena said, "The commission takes concern that the establishment of such a system would constitute discriminatory practice which impacts upon the constitutional rights of workers. These rights would include the right to equality and human dignity and the right to freedom of movement."