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Home affairs to probe permits

Minister of home affairs Aaron Motsoaledi said that there have been permits and visas found specially made for prominent people dated from 2004 and was made by some of the department officials.

Aaron Motsoaledi spoke at the media briefing in Pretoria regarding the permits and visas that were issued irregularly since 2004.He said that the department of home affairs will investigate this further and will be reviewed.

The announcement came after Motsoaledi's interview with SAfm's Bongi Gwala in which he said Enlightened Christian Gathering leader Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, were in South Africa illegally. He added the couple had entered South Africa for the first time in September 2009 at the Beitbridge border and were issued with visitor’s visas.

"We are undertaking this review to ensure that each permit has been issued to a qualifying person because our immigration laws have to be implemented in a manner that facilitates economic development and encourages social stability. The committee will also identify loopholes in our system and recommend improvements."said Aaron Motsoaledi.

While prophet Bushiri was in South Africa ,he registered companies with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission and this was against his visa’s rules.

The minister has promised that they will not be leaving any stone unturned until they resolve this matter.

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