Home Affairs officials arrested on corruption charges

Posted on 29 October 2020

Three Home Affairs Officials aged between 30 and 42 have been arrested on charges of corruption after allegedly demanding a bribe in exchange for not reporting an undocumented immigrant residing in South Africa.

The arrests were made during a sting operation between the Serious Corruption Investigation and Home Affairs Counter Corruption for alleged corruption in Jane Furse in Limpopo on Tuesday, October 27.

The suspects who include a Nebo Home Affairs Control Immigration Officer and two Jane Furse Home Affairs Immigration Officers allegedly conducted a routine inspection at one of the foreign owned shops and found an undocumented immigrant.

Instead of arresting him, the officials allegedly demanded a R10,000 gratification for his freedom. The amount was reportedly reduced to R4,000 and it was paid by the victim to the suspects.

The matter was reported to the Hawks who swiftly conducted an investigation that resulted in the arrest of the three officials.

The arrested suspects appeared in the Motetema Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, October 28.

Picture: SAPS

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