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Corruption Watch shocked by bribes at refugee offices

Investigations have found that bribes are paid for a number of services at refugee reception offices.

FILE: Kabelo Sedupane of Corruption Watch says dishonest officials are continuously finding ways to make money from desperate asylum seekers. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch says it is shocked by the findings of its latest investigations, which have revealed the extent of malpractice at refugee reception offices.

On average asylum seekers are reportedly being forced to pay at least four bribes to have their legal documents finalised.

Investigations have found that bribes are paid for a number of services, including directing applicants to the correct queue.

Kabelo Sedupane of Corruption Watch says dishonest officials are continuously finding ways to make money from desperate asylum seekers.

The orgnaisation says while it receives multiple complaints of corruption at reception offices, many victims are too afraid to testify against officials.

As a result, the home affairs department has been unable to take the necessary stringent action against accused employees.