KZN home affairs officials bust over fraudulent birth certificates

Two home affairs officials will appear in court on Monday for allegedly irregularly issuing documents in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal
Two home affairs officials will appear in court on Monday for allegedly irregularly issuing documents in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal
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Two KwaZulu-Natal home affairs officials were expected to appear in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday for allegedly irregularly issuing late registration birth certificates and "sensitive" documents.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said the two officials, aged 41 and 50, were arrested on Friday.

The Hawks serious commercial crime unit and the home affairs counter corruption and security team swooped on the pair at the offices in Richmond.

"The integrated team swooped on the two at their offices and proceeded to their place of residences where a number of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grant cards, a list of identity document numbers, identity document books and home affairs documents were found," said Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo.

He said other role players were expected to be drawn in as investigations continued.

"Further charges cannot be ruled out," Mhlongo said.

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