7 held for home affairs fraud

2011-04-06 16:39

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.”

  • onetickie - 2011-04-06 17:16

    Fraud, corruption & nepotism should be the ANC official motto.

  • saliem - 2011-04-06 17:17

    Yea well you get that... yawnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • Monica - 2011-04-06 17:18

    I trust they will be immediately suspended without pay; then send to jail for corruption. It is time that this has to come to an end ANC!!!!!!!!!!!

      saliem - 2011-04-06 17:38

      No no no Monica... suspension WITH pay is how they do that now, followed by a lengthy process and a slap on the wrist :P

      henni5909 - 2011-06-03 11:58

      and not the stolen money for their legal defense.

  • Irelander - 2011-04-06 17:46

    Good 7 down. Lets hope lady justice smacks them one with that tattered book she "sometimes" carries.

  • Nompumelelo - 2011-04-07 09:27

    Lets hope justice plays its role, we are tired of home affairs scams.

  • Tazzy - 2011-04-07 09:40

    Hmm 1 office, 7 people! Any bets on of how many people in ALL the offices? Its good to see some action, but how about a clean sweep of all the offices ..... come on you can do it!

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