Zambian arrested in Johannesburg for printing fake passports, work permits

A Zambian national, found with sophisticated printers and a computer installed with software capable of producing fake official documents, has been arrested in Kempton Park.

The Citizen newspaper reports that Ekurhuleni Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said the arrest formed part of efforts by the EMPD to detect and alleviate the prevalent usage of fake documents – mostly used at Ekurhuleni licencing departments to obtain traffic register numbers by foreigners.

“A fake work permit found on a foreigner led the Metro police to the culprit whose shop is situated in West Street, Kempton Park,” he said.

“The 29-year-old undocumented Zambian man, who has been in the country since 2008 and has had ownership of the print shop named ‘We Print All’ for only four months, was arrested. Passports, work permits, face value documents, certificates and diplomas reflecting names of various institutions and organisations were confiscated from the shop.”

Kgasago said in order to verify some of the information and exhibits found at the shop, police and immigration officials’ assistance was sought.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that in some instances driving schools serve as intermediaries in this criminal chain in which desperate persons are charged thousands of rands,” he said.

“In-depth investigations are underway to locate those who are in possession of fake documents produced by the suspect. Charges of possession and production of fraudulent documents were laid against the suspect at Kempton Park Police Station.”

The arrested suspect is expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court soon.

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