Border officials pocket R100 000 a day

2013-05-07 20:20
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Johannesburg - Sixteen officials have been arrested for fraud and corruption at the Caledonspoort border post where they allegedly made more than R100 000 a day charging people without passports up to R200 to enter into SA, the Hawks said on Tuesday.

Nine police officers were arrested, said spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko, while the of the other seven, six were immigration officers and one an official from the health department.

They allegedly allowed people to enter the country from Lesotho without documents for R150.

"In some instances taxi drivers delivered passports at the port of entry to be stamped, in order to extend the days of holders in South Africa, at a fee of R150," he said.

"This had been orchestrated for a long time. The officials were able to make over R100 000 per day. In one instance officials shared R200 000."

He said people without passports would arrive at the border in a bus. A police officer would then charge the passengers between R150 and R200 for the bus to enter South Africa.

Police confiscated R38 000 found in the boot of a car belonging to one of the immigration officials.

The group was expected to appear in the Fouriesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Ramaloko said they were arrested on duty at the port of entry. One of the police officers was arrested at a hospital, where he had been booked in for alcohol abuse.

The head of the Hawks in the Free State, Major General Senaba Mositi, said the arrests were part of the police's quest to stop corruption in the province.

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