On Tuesday, three Department of Home Affairs officials in Limpopo were arrested by the Hawks siting alleged corruption. The officials allegedly demanded a bribe instead of arresting an undocumented immigrant.
According to reports, the suspects ordered the undocumented immigrant to pay them a R10000 gratification fee for his freedom. The amount was then lowered to R4000 and paid to the officials.
Captain Matimba Maluleke, a spokesperson for the Hawks, said in a statement, “The suspects, who include a Nebo Home Affairs control immigration officer and two Home Affairs immigration officers, allegedly conducted a routine inspection at one of the foreign-owned shops and found an undocumented immigrant”.
The suspects – aged between 30 and 42 – were apprehended during a sting operation in Jane Furse, a town in the Sekhukhune District Municipality of the Limpopo province.
They appeared in the Motetema Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 28 October.