Two Department of Home Affairs Immigration officials have been  for demanding a R40 000 bribe from undocumented detainees.

 

The suspects aged 38 and 41 appeared at the Maluti Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for allegedly demanding a R40 000 bribe from three undocumented detainees in exchange of their freedom and renewal of permits.

 

According to the Hawks spokeswoman in the Eastern Cape, Captain Anelisa Ngcakani, the officials were arrested on Monday in Maluti by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Crime Investigation unit,

“The arrest followed a sting operation where R15 000 of the alleged bribe money was recovered. Further investigations linked a 35-year-old suspect to the case for reportedly being the middleman who collected cash from friends and families of the detainees on behalf of the officials.”

 

The alleged corrupt activities started from an operation by the police and immigration officials conducted on the 7th to the 10th of August 2019, in the Maluti area where undocumented persons were arrested for being in the country illegally.

 

The two suspects will remain in custody are expected back in court on the 20th August 2019, for a formal bail application.