German national to be deported

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pretoria - Final preparations are being made for the deportation of a German national, Ingo Ecks, who has been living and doing business illegally in South Africa for over five years.

Responding to a written Parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance, Home Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has confirmed that an investigation into the allegations leveled against Ecks had been concluded.

"When we received allegations of irregularities regarding the residence of German national Ingo Ecks in South Africa, the Counter Corruption and Security unit in the Department was instructed to investigate the matter.

"This is in line with our commitment to ensuring that fraud and corruption ceases to be a feature in the department," she said.

The minister said investigations into the matter confirmed that Ecks was indeed residing illegally in South Africa, being in possession of invalid permits. He is also alleged to have been involved in other illegal activities, she said.

"The Immigration Services Inspectorate Unit is finalising preparations for his arrest and deportation to his home country."

Minister Dlamini-Zuma said further investigations are being conducted into the activities of those Home Affairs officials who might have colluded with him to acquire fraudulent documents and disciplinary action would be taken against them.