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Don’t grant passports fraudsters bail, they’re flight risks!

ActionSA President, Herman Mashaba has called on the justice department not to let a group of foreign nationals arrested for processing fraudulent passports out on bail, because they are considered flight risks.

Mashaba’a call comes after the arrest of 27 people, including some from Pakistan and Somalia, who were allegedly involved in a passports fraud ring, which included at least five allegedly corrupt South African Home Affairs officials.

“South Africa cannot afford any further embarrassment caused by a fugitive, Malawian Shepherd Bushiri, and his wife,” said Mashaba.

Members of ActionSA are expected to protest outside the court to make their voices heard.

ActionSA members are expected to picket outside the court to make their voices heared.

A multi-disciplinary joint operation task team including the Department of Home Affairs, the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit, had two weeks ago arrested passports fraud ring at their operations in Krugersdorp.

The suspects appeared briefly at the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on April 8, 2020, for bail hearings, but their case was postponed to today.

The gang faces multiple charges of corruption, possessing fraudulent documents, and contravening the immigration act.

 

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