By Confidente Reporter
CABINET has ordered the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to cooperate with its counterpart, the South African Department of Home Affairs, to combat the illegal manufacturing and usage of fraudulent passports of both countries.
Briefing the media on the outcomes of the latest Cabinet meeting held recently, Information Minister Tjekero Tweya, said that, “The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration is to follow up with South Africa on the draft agreement on Waiver of Visa Requirements for holders of diplomatic, service and official passports and cooperate with South Africa, regarding third country nationals who are illegally manufacturing and using fraudulent passports of South Africa and Namibia, to combat the scourge.”
In 2009, the Ministry of Home Affairs confiscated 40 forged Namibian passports in foreign hands after appealing to people who had bought illegal documents to submit them to the ministry on the understanding that they would not be prosecuted.
Mostly Namibian passports found in the hands of undocumented foreigners, are usually used by the culprits to travel abroad on criminal missions; and they also often use them in defrauding local credit stores.
It was reported in the previous year, that the passports office had rejected about 50 applications after staff discovered that they were based on either forged birth certificates or identity documents, belonging to unsuspecting or deceased citizens.
Fake passports holders often deliberately avoid English-speaking countries, because of a high risk of detection of errors in their fake documents.
In 2015 Namibian Police arrested Namibia Airports Company (NAC) agents and two Somalis at the Hosea Kutako International Airport after they allegedly issued tickets to the Somalis who were travelling on fake passports.
The Ministry of Home Affairs did not respond to questions on the matter by the time of going to print.
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