The home affairs department, together with the Hawks, is investigating the operation of organised crime syndicates involved in the fraudulent issuing of documents.

An undercover operation had caught a syndicate involved in the fraudulent issue of passports by means of photo swaps, Constance Moitse, the deputy director-general of the department’s anticorruption and security services branch, said on Tuesday in a briefing to parliament’s home affairs committee. The branch has a budget of R176m in 2021...

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