Illegal German 'businessman' broke

2013-11-26 22:38
Willi Breuer. (Peggy Nkomo, Home Affairs)

Willi Breuer. (Peggy Nkomo, Home Affairs)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A German man who is believed to have lived illegally in South Africa for the past eight years, while posing as potential investor, is broke, the home affairs department said on Tuesday.

"The [last known] address we had for him, he had not paid rent there for the past two years and was eventually evicted," said the department's immigration inspectorate unit chief director Modiri Matthews.

"He basically presented himself as an investor. That is how he was able to get an impressive profile. But the truth is that he was living off hand-outs from his fellow Germans [living in and around Johannesburg].

"We found him living in the basement of his friend's house. He said he had no money," Matthews said.

Willi Breuer was arrested at a house in Kibler Park, south of Johannesburg, on Tuesday, and is now being detained at Lindela Repatriation Centre, awaiting deportation.

"He has a bed, blankets, three meals a day, access to water and toilets, and a TV in the room," Matthews said.

Compliant

Matthews hoped Breuer would be deported by the end of the week, but said it would all depend on how quickly the German embassy acted on the matter.

He said the 61-year-old was visibly upset, but compliant during the arrest.

Breuer is reportedly a close friend of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

The department could not confirm or deny the report.

According to the City Press, Breuer secured a private audience with President Jacob Zuma at his Johannesburg home last September.

He reportedly boasted during the meeting that he and his company Auxilium Africa were going to invest billions in South Africa and transform waste management, particularly in poorer municipalities, the newspaper reported.

Breuer's visa expired in 2005, Matthews said.


Read more on:    radovan krejcir  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
108 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.