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Seth Nthai in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)
Seth Nthai in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has been rocked by allegations that it has allowed controversial lawyer Advocate Seth Nthai SC to become the "de facto" and "shadow" director general, allegedly with Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's blessing.

Three senior bureaucrats who spoke to News24 on condition of anonymity said Nthai, who is not employed by the department, is the de facto director-general, attending management meetings and issuing instructions to officials.

However, the department vehemently denied that Nthai was the shadow director general.

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