7 held for home affairs fraud
Durban - Six Home Affairs department officials and a marriage officer were arrested for fraud during a police operation at the department’s offices in Umgeni Road in Durban on Wednesday, police said.
“They have been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation aimed at rooting out fraud and corruption at home affairs,” said Captain Thulani Zwane.
The police raid began at 07:00 following the arrest of a marriage officer on Tuesday afternoon.
“It was the marriage officer who helped the police to arrest more people,” said Zwane.
The home affairs offices in Umgeni were briefly closed as the investigators moved from one office to another confiscating documents and arresting officials.
Zwane said those arrested were expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon.
KwaZulu-Natal home affairs acting provincial manager, Sikhosana Dlamini said the investigation was carried out following a tip-off.
“We normally get tip-offs from people. We then conduct our own investigation in conjunction with the police,” he said.
Those arrested were suspected of facilitating “convenience marriages” between the South Africans and foreign nationals, he said.
“These are marriages which are aimed at helping foreign nationals to get South African citizenship.”