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Home Affairs official and 4 others arrested for passport fraud

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A home affairs office is pictured in Alberton, South of Johannesburg. Picture: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

Home Affairs official and 4 others arrested for passport fraud.

This comes after a senior Home Affairs official in the White River office in Mpumalanga and four South African citizens, who are allegedly part of the passport fraud syndicates, were arrested on Thursday.

Four people were transported to the Home Affairs in White River where they would each give up their identities for R500 for passport fraud. The Department of Home Affairs’ efforts to curb corruption within the department are finally paying off.

DHA vowed earlier this year that they will follow up on all the members of the passport fraud syndicate, be it foreign nationals or South Africans.

In March this year, a Pakistani kingpin was nabbed in a midnight sting operation in the Krugersdorp office. The department said it has been on the culprit’s trail ever since, in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

On Thursday four people were offered R500 each to give up their identities for passport fraud. The group was transported from Eldorado Park in Gauteng to the Home Affairs office in White River.

The department said the official was performing the treasonous act of facilitating the identity transfer from South Africans to Pakistani nationals. It was for a fee of R5 000 per passport.

“The Pakistani kingpin gets R40 000 from his countrymen who desire South African passports they are not entitled to.

“The successful operation was carried out by Home Affairs Counter Corruption Branch. They worked with other law enforcement agencies including the SA Police Service, the Hawks and Crime Intelligence.”

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Students have made their voices heard since the urination incident – where Theuns du Toit was filmed allegedly urinating on Babalo Ndwanya’s desk and belongings, in the Huis Marais residence, in the early hours of Sunday.

students marchDu Toit has since been suspended, accused of racism, and sparked national outrage. Students want him expelled from the university…Learn More.

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