Eight foreign nationals and a South African home affairs department official from the Atlantis office north of Cape Town have been arrested in connection with alleged corruption related to passports.
A tip-off was received of possible corruption and fraud at the Atlantis home affairs offices.
Fraudulent passports were going to be issued to foreigners on Saturday, Captain FC van Wyk said.
An intelligence-driven undercover operation was executed on by members of the provincial commercial crime investigation unit and crime intelligence.
“Eight foreign nationals, aged between 24 and 36, and a 45-year-old Home Affairs department official from Nyanga [in Cape Town] were arrested at the department’s office in Atlantis on charges of forgery, fraud, and corruption.Cash to the value of R10 400, various Home Affairs documents including identity books, and 16 cellular telephones were seized.”