Worker selling birth certificates jailed


A former employee of the Department of Internal Affairs was sentenced in the Giyani Commercial Court to effectively eight years imprisonment for fraud and corruption.

On Friday, Amos Ngwenyama was sentenced to eight and six years imprisonment respectively on the above two charges. The sentences will be served concurrently.

He was employed at the Home Affairs office in Malamulele in Limpopo and reportedly issued birth certificates to foreign citizens in exchange for bribes.

Ngwenyama was arrested last year after a joint investigation by the department’s anti-corruption unit and the Hawks in Limpopo.

Dr. Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi welcomed the sentencing.

“The days of officials involved in fraud and corruption in the department are numbered.

“We have zero tolerance for any acts of corruption and malpractice. Members of the public expect government officials to uphold the highest moral standards.

“We will eradicate this scourge of corruption in government and are ready to emerge victorious,” said Motsoaledi.