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Former Home Affairs employee faces corruption charges for allegedly issuing fraudulent permits to foreign nationals

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A 34-year-old former department of Home Affairs employee is facing the law for allegedly issuing fraudulent permits to foreign nationals at an asking price of about R10 000 per permit, the Hawks said.

“It is alleged that during 2015 the suspect who originates from Kensington, near Cape Town, allegedly manipulated the department’s administration system and issued permits to foreign nationals at an asking fee of just over R10 000 each permit,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha in a statement released on Friday.

He said comprehensive investigations resulted in the arrest of the suspect on Friday, November 3.

“She has been warned to appear in the Cape Town Regional Court on November 30 to face charges related to corruption and fraud,” Ramovha said.

It was not immediately clear whether the permits were for the foreigners to be allowed to work, open businesses or to stay in the country as Ramovha’s phone rang unanswered on Saturday.

Meanwhile, three former Drakenstein Municipality employees made a brief appearance at the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Friday facing charges of prepaid electricity fraud amounting to almost R600 000, he said.

He said a couple aged 38 and 35 and another man, 57, allegedly sold pre-paid electricity to Paarl residents at a cheaper rate for the whole of 2015.

“In the same period they allegedly colluded and produced illegal replacement prepaid electricity tokens on the system to disguise their unlawful activities. The municipality lost approximately R600 000 as a result,” said Ramovha.

He said the trio was apprehended by the Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks on October 25 following investigations.

“They are expected to appear in court on December 11 to face about 1342 counts of fraud,” Ramovha said.

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My wife Grace ‘is being harassed… she cries daily’, Mugabe tells AU

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Harare – Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe says his wife is being harassed and cries daily, three months after he was forced to step down in the wake of a military takeover, a newspaper reported Friday.

Mugabe told the African Union’s Moussa Faki Mahamat during a courtesy call he made to the Mugabes’ Harare mansion this week that he doesn’t feel safe.

‘Wife persecuted’

“They told you I was safe, but how can I be in this environment?,” Mugabe reportedly told Faki, who is chairperson of the AU commission.

“My wife is crying daily. They are persecuting her… What am I without my wife and family? We are not safe,” the Zimbabwe Independent quoted Mugabe as saying, citing “detailed notes” supplied by officials who attended the meeting.

Mugabe said his wife was being harassed over her PhD from the University of Zimbabwe. Last week UZ Vice Chancellor Levi Nyagura was arrested for alleged abuse of office for awarding her the degree in 2014. Critics say her thesis is nowhere near PhD standard.

‘Ruling through guns’

Mugabe reportedly insisted to Faki the PhD was genuine: “I used to see her here working hard day and night. I would assist her here and there, so how can someone wake up and claim she didn’t work for it? This is harassment.”

According to the leaked notes, Mugabe told Faki that Mnangagwa’s appointment as president was illegal, and appealed to the AU to help restore democracy in the country.

“We want you to assist to restore normalcy and democracy in the country and stop this thing of ruling through guns,” he reportedly said.

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UK to deport at least 2 500 ‘illegal’ Zimbabweans

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Harare – Britain has reportedly announced its intention to deport at least 2 500 Zimbabweans living illegally in that country.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, British ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Lang, recently told Zimbabwean Deputy President Kembo Mohadi that her government intended to deport illegal Zimbabweans in that country.

The announcement came as Theresa May said that her government was “determined to reduce the number of immigrants coming into the country by thousands”.

In his response, Mohadi said that the southern African country had no problem taking back its nationals but it needed to check them to ensure they were truly Zimbabweans.

“… We said we want to vet them before they leave the UK. We want to know whether or not they are Zimbabweans or if they are not fugitives who had run away from justice,” Mohadi was quoted as saying.

Britain was Zimbabwe’s former colonial ruler.

Around 20 000 British citizens lived in Zimbabwe while at least 112 000 Zimbabweans lived in Britain, according to an AFP report.

Britain provided around $114m in aid to Zimbabwe every year.

Relations between the two countries went rocky under ex-president Robert Mugabe, particularly over the controversial land reform programme.

SOURCE NEWS 24

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