Home Affairs probes passport scams

2013-10-06 12:37

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Pretoria - A Home Affairs probe into the fraudulently obtained passport obtained by British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, has lifted the lid on several Pakistani-run syndicates operating in South Africa.

According to the Sunday Independent, Lewthwaite, dubbed the "White Widow" had entered Kenya on a South African passport which was authentic but fraudulently obtained under the name of Natalie Faye Webb.

She allegedly bought her passport, and passports for her two children, from convicted fraudster Ehmed Chisty for R60 000.

Home Affairs has meanwhile been searching for three men running similar schemes and for a South African woman, Fatima Allie, who has been married to seven foreigners to allow them to get South African citizenship.

The men are Anjum Rava, Imran Butt and Javed Masih. It is believed, however, that Masih is apparently in prison in Malawi after being arrested with a fake South African identity document and being found guilty of human trafficking.

The syndicates charge illegal foreign immigrants between R50 000 and R120 000 for authentic identity documents which they obtain by colluding with corrupt Home Affairs officials.

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