The group of 26 men that were arrested last week on charges of fraud and corruption at the Maseru border post were released on bail today.
Six from the group were released on bail today at the local Magistrate’s Court. The bail for these non-officials, who allegedly conspired with 20 other Home Affairs officials, ranged from R500 to R1000.
The 20 Home Affairs officials who were also implicated, were released on R1500 bail each today. The alleged 26 are believed to have been accepting bribes from Lesotho citizens whose time in South Africa expired.
This bribery was done in exchange for illegal documents. Hawks spokesperson, S’fiso Nyakane, added that there were strict parole conditions, one of which was the revoking of passports of the suspects.
The accused group will again appear in court on the 11th of November, due to ongoing investigations.