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30 home affairs officials nabbed for corruption in 6 months

A senior home affairs official was arrested by the Hawks while she was accepting a R40,000 bribe.

South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs says at least 30 officials have been arrested on charges of corruption in the past six months.

A senior home affairs official was granted bail in the Pretoria commercial crimes court on Friday.

She was arrested on Thursday by the Hawks while she was accepting a R40,000 bribe.

Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete says it is all part of operation Visa Masina which aims to get rid of corrupt employees.

"We hope that trial will be swift and that a strong sentence is handed down so that we can give a very clear message to all people, both those inside and outside of home affairs, that the department will not stand for corruption."