Last Friday, two Home Affairs officials from Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal, were arrested by the Hawks’ Durban Serious Commercial Crime Unit, Home Affairs Counter Corruption and Security, and the Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police. Both are to appear at the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on fraud charges today.
“It is alleged the two suspects aged 41 and 50 were irregularly issuing late registration birth certificates and other sensitive documents from their Richmond office,” Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said. “The integrated team swooped on the two at their offices and proceeded to their place of residences where a number of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grant cards, a list of identity document numbers, identity document books and home affairs documents were found.”
Further charges might be added, and more arrests are to follow the investigation.