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Top SA Govt Official Deported To Zimbabwe For Having Fake Permit

A top South African government official Zivanai Katikiti was deported on Wednesday for having fake documentation.Katikiti was a manager for financial control and reporting at Rand West City Municipality in Gauteng.

On Thursday,  the Department of Home Affairs announced it had concluded the deportation process for Zivanai Katikiti who was arrested by Home Affairs immigration officials last week for contravening immigration laws in several respects.

He appeared in court last Friday and remained in custody until the confirmation of his deportation in court on Tuesday.The Department of Home Affairs said 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. He was arrested on Thursday and detained in Tshwane. 

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.

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