South Africa has this week launched a biometric time and attendance system in its parliament which the parliament says will improve records.The biometric member identification system which uses members' fingerprints – captured at the start of the establishment of the fifth democratic Parliament – will replace the current manual recording system of recording attendance.The system will initially only be in force for plenary sittings in the House but will be rolled out to committee meetings later on.A parliamentary statement on the biometric identification system notes MPs attendance at National Assembly and committee sittings was the responsibility of their respective political parties until high-tech arrived on April 1.