15 January 2020

The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, welcomes the arrest of immigration official Sam Langa who was arrested during a sting operation by the police, on 09 January 2020 and appeared in court on 13 January 2020. 

Langa allegedly demanded over R100 000 from a foreign businessman who was in South Africa illegally to ensure that the businessman and other foreigners were not deported. 

Langa faces charges of corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice. He is in custody and is expected to reappear in court today, 15 January 2020.

“We shall spare no effort in rooting out corruption and malfeasance in all its forms in the Department. The Department will work with the police and all law enforcement agencies to ensure that transgressors face the full might of the law,” said Minister Motsoaledi.

Minister Motsoaledi bemoaned the fact that Langa is actually a law enforcement officer whose job is to make sure that the law is upheld, adhered to and respected. This fact alone aggravates the alleged transgressions of Langa. 

The Minister echoed the call from the police that anyone who may have any information on such corrupt activities or any other criminal activities should contact the SA Police Service.

Siya Qoza, ‪082 898 1657‬ (spokesperson for the Minister of Home Affairs)‬
David Hlabane, ‪071 342 4284‬ (media manager for the Department of Home Affairs)‬