Radovan Krejcir outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court. Picture: Chris Collingridge

Johannesburg - A German man believed to have been living illegally in South Africa for the past eight years was arrested at his home in Kibler Park, south of Johannesburg, on Tuesday, said the home affairs department.

“Willi Breuer is currently detained at Lindela Repatriation Centre awaiting deportation,” department spokesman Thapelo Moeng said in a statement.

Breuer, 61, is reportedly a close friend of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

According to the City Press, Breuer secured a private audience with Zuma at his Johannesburg home last September.

He reportedly boasted during the meeting that he and his company Auxilium Africa were going to invest billions in South Africa and transform waste management, particularly in poorer municipalities, the newspaper reported.