Senior Home Affairs official and CEO arrested for corruption

A senior Home Affairs official and the chief executive of a company providing it support to the...

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A senior Home Affairs official and the chief executive of a company providing it support to the department are behind bars for alleged corrupt dealings. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The Hawks and the Home Affairs Department made the announcement in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria on Thursday afternoon where they issued a stern warning to anyone contemplating defrauding the state.

The Hawks’ Anwar Dramat said the arrest illustrates successful collaboration between government departments and the authorities.

The pair has appeared in court and will appear again next week to apply for bail.

Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said the businessman allegedly tried to pay the government official R200 000 to benefit his company.

The Hawks arrested Coltrane Nyathi, the chief executive of Lafatshe Technology, and Home Affairs Chief Director Hilitha Nkosana in Centurion on Tuesday.

Apleni said Nyathi’s company had successfully completed the first phase of a R20 million tender, but ran into trouble.

It is alleged the money was to ensure Lafatshe retains the contract.