SIU raids refugee centre in Pretoria over alleged corruption

Evidence collected by the SIU
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The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is conducting search and seizure operations at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Marabastad in Pretoria.

This after a whistleblower tipped off the Department of Home Affairs to unlawful activities occurring at the centre where officials are allegedly being bribed to issue fraudulent documents to unregistered foreign nationals.

In partnership with the Special Investigative Unit and the Hawks, the department has acquired a search warrant to search the premises of five refugee centres including those in Cape Town, Durban, Musina, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

The search is currently underway and electronic devices, like cellphones and laptops are being confiscated by authorities for further investigation.

Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi says, “After the advent of pastor [Shepherd] Bushiri who, as you know, has got a fraudulent permanent resident document, I received a petition from people who are working with permitting [permits] saying the counter corruption unit must stop investigating their errors. I approached the head [Adv Andy Mothibi] of the SIU. I took him to the whistleblower and he listened. He said this is big and we need to come in and they took affidavit from the whistleblower. They went to court to get the warrant of search and seizure that they must search and seize any document or any gadgets here which the people are using,” adds Motsoaledi.

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