Home Affairs official arrested for fraud

Elisha Matsipa being searched shortly after being arrested. Pic: Rekord East

Elisha Matsipa being searched shortly after being arrested. Pic: Rekord East

A senior home affairs official has been arrested on charges of corruption, the Hawks said.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesperson for the Hawks, said Elisha Matsipa, 43, was facing charges of corruption after he allegedly assisted a Pakistani national to fraudulently obtain a South African passport, identity document and marriage certificate, Rekord East reported.

“The Pakistani national, Wahdat Hussain, 30, who was arrested a fortnight ago, joined his co-accused in court on Monday, and both of them will be in police holding cells at least until Monday, July 20, 2015, when they will appear in court again for a formal bail application,” he said.

Initial investigations have revealed that Matsipa received an amount of R23 000 from Hussain.

Acting head of the Hawks Major-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza hailed the anti-corruption unit members for a sterling investigation that led to the arrest of the two suspects.

“We have a strong case against the two, and this shows that our investigating officials were on point throughout the process,” Mulaudzi said.

In February, 19 teachers in and around KwaZulu-Natal were arrested and charged for more than R25 million fraud.

Investigations by the department of education found some teachers did not possess matric certificates, and when they applied for employment, they produced fraudulent matric certificates.

– Caxton News Service


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