Illegal German 'businessman' broke

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

Willi Breuer. (Peggy Nkomo, Home Affairs)

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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.


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.

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