Five officials of South Africa’s home affairs department have been suspended for their role in issuing residence papers to a Malawian fugitive pastor.
Pastor Shepherd Bushiri had acquired permanent residence documents that were questioned by the authorities.
He fled the country after skipping bail in an ongoing fraud and money laundering case.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the five officers were facing the disciplinary measures after investigations were concluded.
The minister denied reports that the fugitive preacher had captured the department of home affairs and had officers working to make his life easy.
Mr Bushiri is in Malawi and his extradition case is yet to be concluded.