S African officials arrested for selling passports to Pakistanis

10:53, December 24, 2010      

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South Africa's home affairs department said on Thursday that three of its officials were arrested in Pretoria for selling illegal passports to foreigners.

Department spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa told the South African press Association (SAPA) that one official was arrested in Arcadia, Pretoria and two in Soshanguve, Pretoria.

He added that further arrests were expected later on Thursday.

Since her appointment as South Africa's Home Affairs Minister last year, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has developed a reputation for cracking down on inefficiency and corruption.

Mamoepa said the latest operation began on Wednesday in Makhado in South Africa's Limpopo province.

It aimed to deal a "massive blow to what is thought to be a syndicate dealing in illegal sales of passports."

He said the passports are sold mainly to Pakistanis to facilitate their movement into South Africa and transit to foreign countries.

The arrested suspects are due to appear in a Pretoria court soon on charges of fraud and corruption.

Source: Xinhua

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