An SA Immigration Officer has once again been caught allowing illegal entry into the country at the OR Tambo International Airport.
The officer, Andrew Aphane, who is also a Bangladeshi national, was caught on Friday by the SA Police Service (SAPS) for authorizing a Bangladeshi national’s entry into the country by stamping his false passport.
According to SAPS Spokesman Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, 39-year-old Andrew Aphane unlawfully authorized 38-year-old Abdul Hussain’s entry into the country by stamping his false passport on Tuesday, 23 August 2016.
Mohlala said in a statement:
“The pair was arrested by the Detective Task Team based at the airport and appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on 24 August 2016.”
There are countless reports about SA immigration officials who get involved in series of corrupt acts, putting the country at risk by aiding illegal immigrants into the country.
Few months back, a number of Immigration officials were arrested by the Hawks following corrupt and fraudulent acts.
It was reported that the deputy Director at the Department of Home Affairs in Beit Bridge, Musina, a practicing advocate and a police Warrant Officer stationed at Vehicle Investigation Section (VIS) in Beit Bridge and 12 other officials; two SA immigration officers, four clearing agents, a teacher, a SARS custom official, a former Administration Clerk at Musina police station, a Home Affairs Inspectorate, a Musina businessman and a Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) councillor were among those arrested for their roles in the illegal entrance of some foreigners into the country.
The Deputy Director reportedly demanded and received two pairs of shoes worth R3 000 each so that he could stamp a brand new passport of a foreign national without any supporting documentation, while the police officer on the other hand issued a false affidavit to a foreign national in the absence of the recipient for a fee of R1 200.
All these happen at the time the country received series of terrorism threats.
Speaking on the state of the country in the face of terrorism, Professor Hussein Solomon, of the department of political science at the University of the Free State, said the problem is that no one really knows how competent the South African intelligence services are.
He said South Africa is not bulletproof. The department is functioning in an ideological dream world, without a clue about the complexity of changing threats worldwide and in the region.