Home Affairs official charged with fraud

A 30-YEAR-OLD man appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of fraud.

Home Affairs official, Nobert Masuku (30), was arrested on Monday after accepting R1 500 from a foreign national in exchange for a birth certificate at Park Rynie Home Affairs office.

The case was remanded until 6 December for further investigation. He was granted bail of R2 000 by the court.

The foreign national was also arrested and appeared with Masaku.

 However, the state opted not to proceed with the prosecution against the second accused.

“It is alleged that the official attended to a foreign national at the Park Rynie Home Affairs offices in January 2014 and provided him with a fraudulent birth certificate in exchange for payment of R1 500,” said police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum.