Ex-official arrested who is believed to be peddling passports


A former official of the Department of Home Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal was arrested this week after allegedly selling fraudulent passports to foreign nationals.

Malusi Mlondo (34) reportedly received up to R3 000 per passport.

According to the Hawks, Mlondo was working at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ office in Pietermaritzburg last year when he allegedly processed fraudulent passports for foreign nationals at the Durban office in February.

Lt. Col. Simphiwe Mhlongo, spokesperson for the Hawks, says an internal investigation has revealed that Mlondo used South African citizens’ details and the ID photos of the foreign citizens to compile South African passports for these citizens.

A case of fraud and corruption was filed at the Durban Central Police Station and the relevant case files were later handed over to the Hawks for further investigation.

Mlondo was finally arrested on Tuesday and is now facing charges of corruption and fraud. He briefly appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, but remains in custody. His bail application will be heard on Monday.