Cape Town – The Hawks have arrested a Home Affairs official who fraudulently issued a South African passport to a Bangladesh national who went by the name of “Lebogang Ndlovu”.
This was discovered when Fahim Kazi tried to board a flight out of the country at OR Tambo International Airport last month.
Following an investigation into the matter, the official was arrested in Benoni, Gauteng on Monday and will appear at the Benoni Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday June 21, said a statement issued by the department.
The said official has since been suspended, with a disciplinary hearing scheduled to take place this week.
The department said if she did not get bail, it would arrange with correctional services for the disciplinary hearing to be held at its premises.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has since issued a stern warning to corrupt officials and South Africans who “sell their identity to foreigners”.
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“We are determined to root out corruption in all its forms in home affairs. We will stamp out the use of fraudulent documents by people who do not deserve them. We will continue to arrest citizens and non-nationals who engage in the production of fraudulent documents,” he said.
He said South Africans who sold their identity will lose their status in the country and rights to basic services.
“If you sell your ID for money you’re going to suffer, number one we will arrest you. Number two you will no longer get services in the country.
“Last week we arrested four in Maponya Mall in Soweto who were involved in this passport fraud with the Pakistanis. We are arresting and firing by the way,” warned Motsoaledi.
He said more arrests were expected this week, as the operation of cleaning up the department of corrupt officials continued.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe