R15 000 to stay in South africa

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A whistleblower yesterday helped the Home Affairs' immigration unit arrest a Zimbabwean who was trying to duplicate entry and departure rubber stamps in Limpopo.

The culprit was nabbed at a printing shop. Home Affairs spokesman Sam Moremi said the man was in possession of two types of original stamps, one for entry into the country, and the other for departure.

The entry stamp was dated May 17 2013 and the departure one dated August 27 2015.

People wishing to enter or depart from South Africa through him would do so until the dates on both stamps.

Moremi said the man charged his clients R15000 for the "permits". "This is fraud," he added. The man has been identified as Levison Muwore, 30, from Bikita village in Zimbabwe.

After his arrest, Muwore allegedly told the officials that most of his clients were Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Chinese and Nigerians, who were currently operating in Thohoyandou.

"We have launched an investigation into the claims. But we are not going to grant Muwore bail for now.

"We have discovered that his permit was also obtained fraudulently," said Moremi.

He said the man had used the same stamps to get his visitors' permit into South Africa.

The immigration officers were allegedly tipped-off by employees at a printing shop in Polokwane.

The employees became suspicious when the man arrived carrying two sets of stamps he wanted duplicated.

Moremi said the shop owner asked the man to wait a little longer while they fixed the printing machine. He then alerted the Department of Home Affairs.

Muwore will appear in the Polokwane magistrate's court on January 8 next year.