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Birth certificates issued by corrupt official may be frozen

A Nigel woman was arrested for fraudulently issuing the birth certificates to non-South African citizens.

A 35 year-old Home Affairs official was arrested in Nigel for issuing fraudulent birth certificates. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs says over 300,000 birth certificates that were issued fraudulently may be frozen and removed from the national population register.

Earlier today, a 35-year-old woman was arrested for fraudulently issuing the birth certificates to non-South African citizens for between R500 and R1,000 each.

The suspect’s home was raided in a joint operation between the Hawks and the department where hundreds of documents were found.

Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said, “The possibility of it is that we might freeze and look at taking those out of the national population register. People who are genuine South African citizens, who have reasons to have birth certificates, don’t need to pay these types of fees to go in through the back door.”

WATCH: Crime pays in jail time for corrupt Home Affairs official

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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