Bogus home affairs official arrested

2015-08-21 18:35
Traditional ID books are to be replaced with smart cards. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - A man who allegedly pretended to be a Home Affairs official was arrested on Friday, Gauteng police said. 

"During... [an] operation, information was received about a bogus home affairs employee who is [allegedly] making fake identity documents for foreign nationals and who was on his way to Zamimpilo informal settlement to collect application forms," Warrant Officer Gordon Billing said. 

"The police managed to intercept the suspect and on searching him, they found two completed applications for South African ID documents on him. After questioning him, the 28-year-old suspect took the police to his residence in Dobsonville. 

"On searching his room, various items, including 52 completed ID application forms with photos, 14 completed green ID books and two finger print pads were found. A home affairs name tag and ID card bearing his name was also found." 

Billing said it was established that he did not work for Home Affairs, however police suspected he had friends in the Krugersdorp Home Affairs office. 

"The investigation will continue to determine who he was working with." 

He was expected to appear in the Sophiatown Magistrate's Court on Monday. 

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