The Department of Home Affairs was expected to oppose the bail application of a Nigerian doctor, his wife and one other person who face charges of fraud during the trio’s appearance before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Wednesday).
Oke Nwafor, his wife Marachukwu and Farida Mall were arrested during a joint operation between Home Affairs, the Department of Health and the Hawks last Thursday for allegedly obtaining South African documents fraudulently.
They allegedly also attempted to bribe a Home Affairs official present during their arrest with R50 000.
The three first appeared on Monday after which the case was postponed to yesterday (Wednesday) to continue with the bail application.
“We are going to oppose bail. The investigation is still very sensitive and a variety of documents still need to be verified,” investigating officer from Home Affairs, Bernard Mabitla said.
It is alleged that Nwafor obtained several South African documents under false pretence which might include among others his identity document and marriage certificate.
Health Spokesperson Macks Lesufi confirmed the sensitivity of the case and that proper investigation continues. “Validation of Nwafor’s medical degree will also form part of the investigation,” Lesufi said.
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