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Man in court for allegedly trying to bribe immigration officer

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The accused was arrested by the Hawks after they received a tip-off regarding an alleged attempt to entice an immigration officer.

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A 36-YEAR-old man was granted bail of R2,000 in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after allegedly trying to bribe an immigration officer.

He appeared on charges of corruption after he allegedly offered a R2,000 gratification in return for the release of his niece who was arrested for being in the country illegally.

Hawks Northern Cape provincial spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said the accused, Nhamo Chitakure, was arrested on Tuesday, June 1 by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team following a tip-off regarding an alleged attempt to entice an immigration officer.

“He was arrested soon after he had handed over the R2,000 to the official. He appeared in court on Wednesday, where the case was postponed until July 1 for further investigation,” said Mnisi.