Three people, including an immigration officer, a police officer and a hawker were arrested at the Lebombo Port of entry on Friday.
This is following allegations of fraud and corruption by some officials at the border post. According to Hawks provincial spokesperson Captain Dineo Sekgotodi, the three suspects were issuing temporary residence and work permits as well as illegally extending illegal immigrants’ stay in the country.
“Passports of illegal immigrants from Mozambique, Kingdom of eSwatini, Zimbabwe and Malawi were illegally stamped. There are further allegations of bribing the officials. During the operation, the suspects were identified and caught in the act. Information was gathered and investigation linked the suspects with the crime. They were arrested and detained at the Komartipoort police cells pending their court appearance on Monday, November 15.”