A Zimbabwean national has been arrested for allegedly producing fraudulent identification documents at a flat in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
Gauteng Police spokesperson Lt Col Mavela Masondo said police were carrying out “Operation O Kae Moloa” when community members alerted officers to the production of fraudulent documents inside a flat.
“When police raided the premises, they found over 95 South African IDs, birth certificates, smart ID cards, passports, bank account numbers, Covid-19 certifications, work permits, SASSA bank cards, firearms licenses, bank cards, and other critical documents.”
Masondo said the man was immediately arrested and charged with fraud, adding that more charges could be added as the investigation continues.
The arrest follows the arrests of a Pakistani citizen and 28 other people following a raid by police on the Department of Home Affairs Krugersdorp office.
Suspects, aged 19 to 42, are facing charges of fraud and violating immigration laws.
In another incident, the suspect Simon Dithipe, 36, was arrested in a multidisciplinary sting operation comprising Home Affairs Department officials at the airport on Wednesday. He was caught smuggling five Bangladeshis into South Africa
Dithipe appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, charged with violating the Immigration Act. He was released on R2, 000 bail.
According to Times LIVE, Minister of Home Affairs, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi has revealed that the immigration officer who was arrested for corruption works for a kingpin based in Bangladesh.
“Bangladeshis enter South Africa with just their country passports, but they don’t need any visas. To enter South Africa, they pay a kingpin R110 000,” said Dr. Motsoaledi
According to Dr.Motsoaledi after paying the fee they get a map of the airport so they know where to go.
“If they’re caught, they say they’re not coming to South Africa but are instead en route to Eswatini.” “Then they sit in the transit terminal while they wait to be called to a counter where immigration officials are waiting to assist them into the country,” said Dr. Motsoaledi.
Dr. Motsoaledi also pointed out that the cleaners at the airport are also involved in the scam and sometimes wheel people out into dustbins.