KWAZULU-NATAL – The Hawks’ Commercial Crime Unit in Durban in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs Counter Corruption officials have arrested a 35-year-old Department of Home Affairs employee in Kokstad on Tuesday, 7 February 2017.

Officers had received information about a 19-year-old Lesotho woman who was mysteriously in possession of a South African identity document. An intensive investigation was conducted and it led the investigators to a house in Shayamoya, Kokstad. A search was conducted and 19 fully completed Late Birth Registration (LRB) application forms were found. A 47-year-old woman was subsequently arrested.

Investigation proceeded to Kokstad Department of Home Affair Offices where an on duty official was arrested.

Suspects have been charged with fraud and are due to appear in the Durban Specialised Commercial Court on Thursday, 9 February 2017.