A high-ranking government official, allegedly from Zimbabwe, has been arrested for allegedly living in South Africa illegally.
According to a source, the man – who holds a top position in the Mpumalanga provincial government – was arrested by Home Affairs’ immigration officers on Tuesday in Pretoria where he lives.
The man is allegedly a Zimbabwean who has not only been living in South Africa illegally but was allegedly found with three passports.
One of the passports is said to be a South African one; the other two are allegedly from other countries.
Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola was contacted for comment but he referred all questions to the Hawks.
However, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi of the Hawks said they did not make the arrest and referred IZIM back to Mokgola who said he would check.
However, he had not yet responded at the time of publication.
According to Mpumalanga province spokesperson Sibongile Mkani-Mpolweni, the man is a head of department at the Department of Human Settlements and has been in his position for the past three years.
“He was arrested by immigration officers on Tuesday. The premier does not know what he was arrested for and is awaiting the court case to find out all that information.
“He has been remanded in custody in Pretoria,” she said.