SA permits: Major scam

A serious scam has been unearthed at South African Home Affairs in relation to the Zimbabwe Documentation Project. As more than 100,000 prospective permit holders get increasingly agitated over the delay in issuing their documents, recent revelations are that most of the permits have actually been sold to those who did not apply.

Inside sources say it is being internally investigated. “This has been going on for some time now and is being investigated because thousands could have fallen prey already,” said one of the sources.

“Deserving people’s permits have been sold to those who did not even apply, while those who submitted their documents have been given the run-around when they came here to check. I do not know when the investigations will be completed, but some offices in Pretoria and Germiston have been investigated already and the outcome has been kept under a tight lid, pending the completion of investigations at Johannesburg’s Harrison office, where the rot seems to be deep-rooted.”

Gabriel Shumba, the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum Executive director said the allegations were as yet unsubstantiated. “A number of Zimbabweans have been asked to bring documentation already given to DHA, but which appears to have been lost. This is regrettable, but we encourage Zimbabweans to comply as ultimately, this enables them to legalise their sojourn in SA.” DHA spokesperson, Ronnie Mamoepa, asked for questions to be emailed to him, but had not responded at the time of going to print.

Post published in: Africa News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *