South African Home Affairs Department has suspended five officials for their role in how Prophet Shepherd Bushiri acquired his permanent-residence permit in the rainbow nation.
Confirming the development to a South African press, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told parliament’s home affairs portfolio committee on Tuesday that due to the sensitivity of the case, he wouldn’t go into detail.
Motsoaledi said the home affairs investigation centres on how Shepherd Bushiri initially got his documents to become a permanent resident in the country.
“I just want to confirm that, yes, we do have that high-powered case that is on, that involves Bushiri but it does not involve how he escaped the country. That one is the purview of the Hawks, the SAPS, crime intelligence and state security,” he said.
Motsoaledi rejected media reports that Bushiri had “captured” his department.
The City Press reported last month that Bushiri had effectively captured the department of home affairs and that he had several of its directors, adjudicators, clerks and even an MP acting in unison to circumvent the law and smooth the way for him.
The newspaper said it had uncovered evidence of how some senior individuals jumped through hoops to secure permanent residency permits for fraud accused Bushiri, his wife Mary and their two young children.