southafricalogoTimesLIVE reports that the Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that five officials have been internally charged and were facing disciplinary processes for their role in how now-fugitive prophet Shepherd Bushiri acquired his permanent-residence permit in SA.

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. “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 indicated that at the centre of the home affairs' investigation was how Bushiri initially got his documents to become a permanent resident of the country. The minister rejected media reports that Bushiri had “captured” his department. He reported that one of the five individuals had taken the department to the labour court twice, but had lost his cases. Bushiri skipped bail last November and fled to Malawi with his wife. According to Motsoaledi, immigration, especially permitting, constituted about 66% or two-thirds of all the work that the anti-corruption unit in his department were engaged with.

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