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The controversial case of two senior officials of the Limpopo department of agriculture who had allegedly obtained South African documents fraudulently has taken a new twist.
The suspects, Nelisiwe Lindiwe Sithole and her cousin Msunduza Hamilton Dlamini, appeared in the Polokwane magistrate's court on fraud charges after they were found to be working illegally in the country.
This after they were found to be in possession of fraudulent South African identity documents despite sufficient proof that they were actually Swazi nationals.
Sithole worked as senior manager responsible for land and agrarian reform while Dlamini was manager in the same directorate. The two yesterday brought three women whom they claimed were their relatives who were born in South Africa.
Two of the women claimed to be Sithole and Dlamini's mothers, while the third woman claimed she was Sithole's aunt.
Zelpher Pharasi, 57, told magistrate Joe Abrahams she was in exile in Swaziland when she gave birth to Hamilton Dlamini. She said she currently resides in Springs, Ekurhuleni, and that she possesses South African identity documents.
Victoria Busisiwe Mntungwa, 62, from KwaZulu-Natal, said she was also in exile in Swaziland when she gave birth to Sithole and raised her there.
The third witness was identified as Maria Bathini Sithole, who claimed to be Nelisiwe's biological aunt and a sister to her father, Joshua.
No one, however, could furnish the court with Joshua's whereabouts. The Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga-based woman, confirmed she assisted Nelisiwe to obtain a South African ID.
Abrahams yesterday withdrew the case provisionally to allow immigration officers to conduct enough research into the matter.