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Three held after Home Affairs bust

Two Indian women and a Pakistani man were arrested by the Home Affairs Immigration Inspectorate.

FILE: Two Indian women and a Pakistani man were arrested by the Home Affairs Immigration Inspectorate. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Home Affairs Immigration Inspectorate Unit on Tuesday conducted raids on several Johannesburg homes.

Three foreign nationals were arrested for allegedly being implicated in marriages of convenience.

Two Indian women and a Pakistani man were arrested in the early-morning raid.

The first Indian woman is alleged to have registered herself as married to a South African national, but was found to be residing with her real husband in Johannesburg.

The South African man was unaware of the change in his marriage status.

The suspect will appear in the Springs Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The second woman is alleged to have fraudulently acquired two South African passports for her children.

Her children were born in India but were fraudulently registered as South African citizens.

The Pakistani male was arrested for an alleged fraudulent marriage to a South African woman,

He will appear before the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court tomorrow.

The Department of Home Affairs said, "We will leave no stone unturned to ensure the scourge of marriages of convenience is dealt a massive and decisive blow.

"Those implicated in such acts, including their South African accomplices, better be warned that they will indeed face the full might of the law."