Hawks arrest seven for Home Affairs fraud

2017-09-15 06:00

THE Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) on Wednesday said its Durban commercial crime unit and the Home Affairs counter corruption team arrested seven suspects, including three Home Affairs officials, for fraud and for the contravention of the Immigration Act and Identification Act after an operation between August 18 and September 1.

Investigators uncovered irregularities in the issuing of late birth certificates at their offices from Umzimkhulu­, Bulwer and Ulundi Home Affairs offices.

The arrested suspects, Snothile Buthelezi (26), Sibulelo Malanda (49), Buyelaphi Stubchen (57) Nkosinathi Madlala (31), Nokuphiwa Fihlane (26), Nowinile Sikhosana (34) and Lindiswa Mkhafula (28) appeared in the Durban Special Commercial Crime Court on August 31.

They were granted R2 000 bail each and their case was postponed to November 3, except for one suspect, Stubchen. The 57-year-old appeared in court separately on Monday. Her case was postponed to October 5.

- Supplied.



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