Fake Birth Registration: Hawks Nab Home Affairs Official


Hawks’ Commercial Crime Unit in Durban in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs Counter Corruption officials, arrested a 35-year-old Home Affairs’ employee in Kokstad.

The Home Affairs official was arrested after the crime fighters received information about a 19-year-old Lesotho woman who was mysteriously in possession of a South African identity document.

SAPS narrated that “an intensive investigation was launched and it led the investigators to a house in Shayamoya, Kokstad.

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“A search was conducted and 19 fully completed Late Birth Registration (LRB) application forms were found. A 47-year-old woman was subsequently arrested.

“Investigation proceeded to Kokstad Department of Home Affair Offices where an on duty official was arrested.”

The suspects have already been charged with fraud and are due to appear in the Durban Specialized Commercial Court on Thursday, 9 February 2017.

Meanwhile, Hawks’ Organised Crime unit members in Durban also arrested two suspects for dealing in drugs at Overport and Bonela in Durban.

The arrest happened after officers received information about two suspects allegedly dealing in drugs in the area. And, an operation involving the members of the Metro Police led to the arrest of Indresh Pather (45).

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“He was found in possession of 28 pieces of rock cocaine and twelve small packs of cocaine powder to the street value of approximately R 19 800.00,” SAPS related.

After his arrest, he was dragged to the Durban Magistrate’s Court and was remanded in custody.

The operation continued and officers were led to a houses at Bonela where a search warrant was executed.

Following the house search, 3900 heroine tables were found and a 42-year-old Abu Talib Essop was immediately arrested.

BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the street value of the seized heroine is approximately R95 500.00. Essop was also dragged to the Durban Magistrate’s Court on yesterday, 8 February 2017.

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