Home Affairs committee applauds arrest of border officials

2016-09-30 19:26
Home Affairs and the Hawks arrest officials at Maseru Bridge port of entry. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Home Affairs and the Hawks arrest officials at Maseru Bridge port of entry. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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

Cape Town - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs has applauded the arrest of 20 home affairs officials and six civilians at the Lesotho border on charges relating to fraud and corruption.

"This is clear evidence that the corruption fighting initiatives by the department are bearing fruit and that the scourge of corruption will be defeated," chairperson Lemias Mashile said on Friday.

"The dereliction of duty on behalf of the arrested officials must dealt with to the full extent of the law and the Committee hopes that internal disciplinary hearings will be kick-started in earnest."

The Hawks raided home affairs offices at a border post between the Free State and Lesotho on Thursday, arresting more than 10 officials for taking bribes of up to R2 000 each, News24 reported.

About 20 officials were involved in the alleged crimes.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba told reporters that the department had decided to work with the Hawks to "set a trap" for all the officials involved.

The officials allegedly stamped expired passports for amounts ranging from R150 to R2 000. They also stand accused of stamping passports that were dropped off at the offices by taxis.

The Committee, meanwhile, called on law abiding South Africans and foreign nationals to help the department identify "unacceptable" corrupt officials at the country's borders.

109 officials have been arrested so far this year.

Read more on:    home affairs  |  hawks  |  bloemfontein  |  crime

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.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.