South Africa: Home Affairs suspends senior official probing allegedly dodgy citizenships

Published: 22/Sep/2020
Source: The Times (Johannesburg)

By Sipho Masondo

The Public Servants Association of SA has lashed out at the department of home affairs for suspending a senior bureaucrat involved in investigating foreign nationals who allegedly obtained SA citizenship fraudulently.

The PSA has accused the department of victimising and harassing advocate Amanda Ledwaba after acting director-general Jackie McKay placed her on suspension.

In a letter of suspension last week Tuesday, McKay claimed that Ledwaba abused her powers when she investigated the citizenship status of certain foreign nationals.

But the PSA’s Reuben Maleka has hit back at the department, accusing it of leashing Ledwaba to stop her from investigating how powerful foreign nationals linked to politicians obtained SA citizenship.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2020