Ten IDs and five pass­ports

CityPress - - News - SETUMO STONE setumo.stone@city­press.co.za

An ANC mem­ber of the Mpumalanga pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture is un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion for the pos­ses­sion of mul­ti­ple iden­tity doc­u­ments (IDs) and pass­ports, rais­ing ques­tions about his South African cit­i­zen­ship.

The charge against Si­mon Ngo­mana was laid by the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) in Mpumalanga on Au­gust 13 af­ter “in­sider” in­for­ma­tion from the Nel­spruit depart­ment of home af­fairs al­legedly sug­gested Ngo­mana had “10 iden­tity doc­u­ments and five pass­ports”.

EFF pro­vin­cial leader Collen Sed­ibe said Ngo­mana’s birth cer­tifi­cate could not be traced, prompt­ing a charge of illegal immigration with the Nel­spruit po­lice.

Ngo­mana, who is also the deputy chair of the ANC in the Eh­lanzeni re­gion – which in­cludes the City of Mbombela – said last week he had heard about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but nei­ther the depart­ment of home af­fairs nor the po­lice had ap­proached him for com­ment.

He said the charge was an at­tempt to dis­credit him po­lit­i­cally.

“They are try­ing to paint me black,” he said.

Another ANC mem­ber of the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture told City Press on con­di­tion of anonymity that the ques­tion of Ngo­mana’s iden­tity would prob­a­bly threaten his pro­mo­tion to the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive amid ex­pec­ta­tions that Premier David Mabuza would be reshuf­fling his cab­i­net.

Po­lice in Nel­spruit said the mat­ter was still at the level of an in­quiry, pend­ing state­ments from wit­nesses and the re­ceipt of doc­u­ments from home af­fairs.

Si­mon Ngo­mana

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