| Warrant of arrest issued for home affairs official in passport fraud case

  • The Hawks have issued a warrant of arrest for a home affairs official.
  • The official has been linked to a scheme to create fraudulent South African passports.
  • The fraudulent passports used the details of South African citizens.

The Hawks in Mpumalanga are searching for a home affairs official in connection with the creation of fraudulent passports.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said a warrant of arrest was issued for Kagiso Ronny Maboa, 38, in connection with a case of fraud, corruption and contravention of the Immigration Act.

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“Maboa is sought following an investigation which started in April 2022 whereby he allegedly colluded with a Pakistani mastermind to facilitate foreign nationals obtaining South African passports fraudulently. This was made possible by using South African citizens’ identity details when processing the applications,” said Sekgotodi.

Members of the public have been urged to assist in locating Maboa by contacting the investigation officer Captain Sam Kolobe on 071 481 3126 or sending a tip-off on the My SAPS app.

Last month, five people were arrested in Mpumalanga for allegedly fraudulently creating South African passports for foreign nationals.

According to Sekgotodi, the Hawks arrested the following people on charges of fraud, corruption and contravention of the Immigration Act:

  • Nhlanhla Mathebula, 39;
  • Mohamed Ali, 36;
  • Gabriel Samuel van der Merwe, 32;
  • Christopher Marillier, 38;
  • Sfiso Kheswa, 30

Allegedly headed up by Mathebula, a home affairs official, and with Ali as the alleged kingpin, the accused allegedly recruited South Africans to supply their personal details for fraudulent South African passports for foreign nationals. The details were allegedly supplied in exchange for payment, Sekgotodi added.

Sekgotodi said South African citizens would use their particulars and fingerprints to apply for passports, but foreign nationals would provide their photos. This was facilitated after-hours by home affairs officials.

South Africans were allegedly paid R500 each for participating.

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