The Democratic Alliance (DA) has demanded an all-inclusive investigation into the establishment of an ‘unofficial’ Home affairs office allegedly run by a Zimbabwean national from Hillbrow Flat, based on suspicions that certain corrupt government officials might be involved in the operation.
According to DA, evidence of corruption can be found in South Africa’s security features on confiscated counterfeit identity documents.
DA Home Affairs Shadow Minister, Angel Khanyile, claims that Government Printing Works (GPW) assured her party in several meetings that they had no knowledge of the South African security features embedded in the fake documents seize in Hillbrow.
According to Khanyile, GPW claimed it was the only entity authorised to print documents provided by Department of Home Affairs
Khanyile said it is important for the authorities to establish where the suspect obtained the South African security features used in printing ID, passports, and birth certificates.
Some of the seized documents also had police stamps dating back to the year 2020, according to Khanyile.
Khanyile claims recent report of “fake” Home Affairs office in Hillbrow and arrest of at least one suspect, hints at an ongoing medium-to-long term operation allegedly aided by some officials working for the actual department.
“Any person complicit in setting up and running the bogus office in Hillcrest or supplying this office with government resources must face the full wrath of the law,” added Khanyile.