Top SA Gvt Official Deported Over Fake Permit

South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi
South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi

Top SA Gvt Official Deported Over Fake Permit

Zivanai Katikiti, a top South African government official was deported to Zimbabwe on Wednesday for having a fake permit.

The Department of Home Affairs announced it had concluded the deportation process on Thursday.

Katikiti was arrested by Home Affairs immigration officials last week for contravening immigration laws in several respects.

He was arrested on Thursday and detained in Tshwane.

Te was remanded in custody after appearing in court last Friday.

The Department of Home Affairs announced that Katikiti was deported to Zimbabwe through the Beitbridge Port of Entry in the afternoon of Wednesday, 9 September 2020.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Department of Home Affairs said:

” The Department of Home Affairs records show that Katikiti entered South Africa in May 2015 and had not applied for a work or residence permit. Katikiti is a prohibited person, who was found in possession of a fraudulent permit and other documents.”

The Department of Home Affairs’ records showed that Mr, Katikiti entered South Africa in May 2015 but there is no record of him having applied for work or residence permit in the department’s database.

The department last week said Katikiti was a prohibited person found in possession of a fraudulent permit and other documents.

The Minister of Home Affairs Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi launched an investigation into the origins of the documents. The investigation also covered Mr. Katikiti’s employment with the Rand West City Municipality.

Mr. Katikiti was investigated after the Department of Home Affairs received a media query from The Sowetan newspaper.

Katikiti was a manager for financial control and reporting at Rand West City Municipality in Gauteng.

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