South Africans can now run Criminal and Identity Verifications nationwide, via online portal

Businesses and individuals across South Africa will now have the ability to run criminal and identity verifications via HURU, a user-friendly online portal – using only an ID number as reference.

HURU, a tech startup that provides easy access to criminal record and identity verifications, has raised an undisclosed amount of capital to roll out their cutting-edge solution across South Africa.

Through a strategic partnership with Jetline, HURU offers fingerprint capture terminals across the country. No bookings are required, and the fingerprints are cross-referenced with the SAPS and The Department of Home Affairs. Using ultra-secure digital consent, fingerprints can be used to verify a criminal and identity status simply by registering on

HURU is the first of its kind to to innovate a digital consent verification system in South Africa, making it a completely paperless system from start to finish.

  • To capture your fingerprints you’ll need a valid ID or Passport, and the location of your closest Jetline store.
  • To request a criminal record or identity verification you’ll need the person’s ID or Passport Number, and a registered account on HURU.

Daniel Shefer, a co-founder of HURU notes that this kind of easy-to-access offering is long overdue for the South African market. “We’re excited to open up the ability to verify criminal records and identities to everyone, by making our technology accessible to all South Africans. With security being top of mind for all of us, it’s important that we make use of these advancements – not only for convenience, but also for safety. We’re all so consumed with paying a fortune on security to keep criminals out of our homes and businesses, that we forget about those that we may be opening our doors to every day. We truly believe that by rolling out national capture locations, an easy-to-use platform, and innovative verification technology, we can help companies reduce staff turnover and give homeowners peace of mind about their personal safety,” says Shefer.

HURU can be used by professionals within any industry; from recruiters and HR managers to educators and healthcare providers. High employee turnover is a risk for any South African business, and the current lack of formal screening systems is a big contributing factor. HURU aims to change this – a goal which is reflected in their continuous verification feature: once fingerprints are captured, companies can schedule continuous verifications at regular, predetermined intervals.

The service isn’t just for corporates, though – individuals can request verifications too. According to recent reports, 77% of burglaries are traced back to an inside job. Homeowners now have the ability to easily confirm identities and check the criminal records of any employee or contractor who enters their home, and the company’s marketplace model allows them to login and pay for verifications on an ad-hoc basis.

As approved resellers of Afiswitch, every HURU verification is extremely accurate and secure. With over 15 years’ experience in the verification, software engineering and technology industry, the HURU team has put together a powerful product that all South Africans can use to safeguard themselves and their businesses.

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