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Cape Town - A Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court interpreter is expected to appear in court on Friday for a formal bail application after he allegedly facilitated a bribe with a Department of Home Affairs immigration officer.

Hawks spokesperson, Captain Philani Nkwalase, said that the accused, McAnderson Doctor, appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on June 22 on two charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

He added that the accused, who was employed by the Department of Justice, was arrested on June 21 for allegedly facilitating a bribery transaction between the Home Affairs immigration officer and an illegal immigrant.

“The illegal immigrant was arrested for not having the necessary asylum documents. Preliminary investigations show that the interpreter allegedly approached the immigration officer and tried to coerce him, in exchange for money, not to produce the final rejection letter against the illegal immigrant to the court,” Nkwalase said.

“Nkwalase added that the correct age of the accused was also the subject of a Hawks investigation as documents in his possession had conflicting dates of birth."

He indicated that the accused would remain in custody until his next court appearance.

“More arrests are imminent,” said Nkwalase.

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