South African police said Thursday that cops, immigration officers and clearing agents stationed at the Beitbridge border with Zimbabwe were arrested on charges of fraud and corruption on Thursday morning.
The arrests follow a six month investigation.Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi says: “We received a tip-off about corrupt activity at the border.“The suspects are accused of stamping the passports of illegal persons for a fee. There are members of the public who are also using government resources to do the same job.”
He says those arrested are believed to be part of a syndicate.The suspects will appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court on Friday.It is unclear how many people the suspects cleared to enter the country.
Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza says more arrests can be expected.