Home Affairs official charged with fraud

2016-11-17 06:00

A 30-YEAR-OLD man appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of fraud.

Home Affairs official, Nobert Masuku (30), was arrested on Monday after accepting R1 500 from a foreign national in exchange for a birth certificate at Park Rynie Home Affairs office.

The case was remanded until 6 December for further investigation. He was granted bail of R2 000 by the court.

The foreign national was also arrested and appeared with Masaku.

However, the state opted not to proceed with the prosecution against the second accused.

“It is alleged that the official attended to a foreign national at the Park Rynie Home Affairs offices in January 2014 and provided him with a fraudulent birth certificate in exchange for payment of R1 500,” said police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum.

The birth certificate was still on the Home Affairs system awaiting collection by a South African citizen, who had previously applied for late registration of birth.

When the foreign national asked about obtaining a South African identity book, the official informed him that he could get one for between R3 500 and R4 000, but he did not follow up on this inquiry.

Subsequently, the foreign national visited the Home Affairs offices in Isipingo and applied for a South African identity document.

His application was processed and he was asked to call again to collect his identity book, however, Home Affairs investigators discovered that the fingerprints of the applicant for the birth certificate differed from those of the applicant for the identity book.

He then identified the Park Rynie Home Affairs official as the one who sold him the birth certificate.

“They knew each other previously as they had attended the same church,” said Pandarum.

- Supplied.

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