Zimbabweans held for South Africa ID fraud

via Zimbabweans held for South Africa ID fraud – New Zimbabwe 28 June 2014 by South Africa Correspondent

TWO South African based Zimbabweans, who abandoned their original citizenship to buy fake South African identity documents, have been charged with fraud.

Some officials from South Africa’s Home Affairs ministry are also now under investigations for issuing out fake documents, which included a passport.

The Zimbabweans were nabbed during a joint operation by South Africa’s country’s elite police unit – the Hawks – backed by the Department of Home Affairs.

One of the two Zimbabweans is said to have gone on to open bank account using fake identity.

“In a joint sting operation by Home Affairs and the Hawks, a Zimbabwean national was today (Friday) arrested in Pretoria for an alleged identity fraud,” said Nora Pitsi, an official with the Counter-Corruption unit in the South African Home Affairs.

“The suspect allegedly stole someone’s identity and allegedly obtained ID and passport.”

The suspect also allegedly opened a bank account using the victim’s details.

“The department of Home Affairs will continue to work with the Hawks to curb the scourge of corruption and fraud.”

Pitsi said their probe into the fake identity documents scandal would now extend to the country’s Home Affairs officials or any other person involved in the fraud.

It was not however, clear whether the Zimbabweans, after they had obtained the fake identity documents, went on to defraud unsuspecting shop owners.

Some Zimbabweans, desperate to remain in South Africa, have resorted to colluding with corrupt South African Home Affairs officials to obtain the documents.

It was not clear as to when the Zimbabweans were going to be taken to court.


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    I dont understand people who calling themselves the most educated in the continent end up doing this.

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    I dont understand why you dont use your education to solve your countries problems.come to think of it you spend all these years studying only to become a beggar in south africa.

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    Jongwe 9 years ago

    The problem lies with the south African home affairs. they do not want to issue permits. Just imagine that l applied for an study permit in 2010 but l never got it why?
    So the possibility for me to go and the fake south African IDs is high. The home affairs must be held responsible. No one who is found with a fake south African ID must be arrested. The minister of home affairs/horror affairs whatever they call it must be accounted for this.

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    gandanga 9 years ago

    @Joel, you don’t understand that’s why you will never understand so shut up

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    @gandanga all i can say is i understand coming from a zimbabwean troll.