This comes after they were alleged to have been involved in a syndicate selling fraudulent passports and documents reserved for South African citizens. The supposed kingpin was taken to custody with R45 000 in his possession.
It is believed that the gang operated in 6 provinces across the country, in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo.
The Minister pointed out that the department discovered that the two suspects wanted to flee the country using Cape Town International Airport with anomalies in their passports, which was discovered by the immigration officer in the province.
The two suspects were handed over to the police, the department’s counter-corruption branch, and the police worked hard to get to the bottom of this their investigation did point to the alleged businesses owner in Gauteng kingpin. The investigation took time as they had to observe how he operated in this crime.
Allegations were made that the supposed kingpin was not only working alone but introduced foreigners to his line of work, as a way of acquiring SA passports at Home affairs. Once that was done he has enough foreigners, he recruited citizens for as little as R500 and promised them international employment.
People who were part of the syndicates have turned into state witnesses.
“Our fight against corruption would not be successful if we did not receive tip-offs from members of the public about the acts of corruption conducted by some of our officials with whom they interact. I want to reassure the patriots who tip us off about malfeasance that we follow each tip and act decisively.” Mostoaledi said.
The investigators managed to arrest more than 100 suspicious passports issued by the alleged deputies. This was all done using the biometric access control management system.
Motsoaloedi said he is expecting more arrests to be made as the investigation continues.