CAPE TOWN, - Two immigration officials and an alleged "middleman" are in police custody after being arrested this week in connection with a bribery scheme, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said on Wednesday.
In a statement, Hawks spokeswoman Anelisa Ngcakani said Sigqibo Ngcuzana, 41, and Andiswa Ndlathu, 38, were arrested on Monday following a sting operation and appeared in court on Tuesday.
It is alleged they demanded a R40,000 bribe from three undocumented detainees in exchange for their freedom and the renewal of their permits.
The alleged middleman was arrested after the sting operation.
"Further investigations linked a 35-year-old suspect to the case for reportedly being the middleman who collected cash from friends and families of the detainees on behalf of the officials," Ngcakani said.