Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi has warned South Africans against selling their identities to undocumented foreigners. .
Motsoaledi told Parliament on Wednesday that South Africans losing their status in the country should be replaced by foreigners.
Home ministers colluded with undocumented foreigners could fraudulently obtain SA citizenship.
He confirmed the suspension of four Home Office officials at the Maponya Mall branch in Soweto.
The officials were linked to the alleged Pakistani Passport guide who was arrested at Krugersdorp in March. The department received tips from the public, alerting them to corrupt branches in their communities.
“Members of the public have come out in large numbers to tell us where corruption is taking place. We arrest, we don’t stop. Over the coming weeks we will continue to arrest individuals, foreigners and South Africans, involved in passport fraud and other forms of identity fraud.
“We remain concerned about South Africans who are willing to change their identities for sale. Such actions mean that these South Africans lose their status in the country and are replaced by a foreigner. We call on South Africans to stop selling their identities.”
Motsoaledi said the department will strengthen its team of investigators and analysts responsible for tracking and investigating corruption and responsible for fraud in the department.
“The success of this unit has given confidence to the public.”
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