Zimbabwean national, Kudakwashe Mpofu , to remain behind bars following court appearance

Kudakwashe Mpofu, a Zimbabwean national and the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the North West Development Corporation, found himself in the spotlight as he appeared before the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

It is alleged that at the age of 32, Mpofu used a fraudulent permit to prolong his stay within the country.

Following a thorough investigation by law enforcement authorities, Mpofu voluntarily handed himself over to the police on Wednesday.

“In court, the matter was postponed to March 26 for bail information and possible bail application,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said. She said Mpofu will remain in custody until his appearance.

“The NPA intends to oppose bail and more charges might be added.”

On Sunday, home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi told journalists Mpofu was informed as “far back as June 23 2023 that his purported permanent residence permit is actually fraudulent”.

“I’m here today to confirm that, according to our records, Mr Kudakwashe Mpofu’s permanent residence document is fraudulent and was not issued by the department of home affairs and we do not know where he obtained it.

“We can confirm the permanent residence permit number appearing on Mr Mpofu’s document does not exist in our systems. We can further confirm that the control number appearing on Mr Mpofu’s purported document was not issued by the department to him but rather it was legitimately issued to somebody else. As to how Mr Mpofu came across that control number, we do not know,” Motsoaledi said.

It has been reported that Mpofu is fighting with all his might to stop the department of home affairs from deporting him.


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