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Syndicates selling identities of South Africans arrested – DHA – POLITICS


Dept says its unrelenting pushback against these schemes continues to yield positive results

Home Affairs unrelenting fight against syndicates selling identities of South Africans pays off with yet more arrests

20 September 2022

The Department of Home Affairs is intensifying its fight against syndicates involved in selling identities of South Africans to foreign nationals who do not deserve such identities. The unrelenting pushback against these schemes continues to yield positive results, following the arrest on Friday, 16 September of yet another South African national, Nico Ibrahim, at the Home Affairs office in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg.

Ibrahim had been on the run since April this year following the arrest of the recruiter, Mohamed Ali, a corrupt former Home Affairs official Nhlanhla Mathebula, and four others who were involved in a photo swap scheme at the Home Affairs office in White River, Mpumalanga. He too sold his identity for a paltry five hundred rand. Both Ali and Mathebula were denied bail and are on trial at the Mbombela Magistrate Court. Ibrahim appeared at the Kliptown Magistrate Court yesterday and remains in custody for seven days.

Also on Friday, two Bangladeshi nationals were arrested by law enforcement officials that included the Home Affairs Counter Corruption, Home Affairs Immigration and the Hawks while trying to use fraudulently acquired passports to leave the country via the OR Tambo International Airport. They were remanded in custody for seven days after appearing at the Kempton Park Magistrate Court yesterday.

One of the Bangladeshis, Morshed Alam, arrived in South Africa in 2016 and is wanted for fraud in eThekwini after he applied for a passport he did not qualify for at the Home Affairs office in Commercial Road.





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