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SA cops seeking bribes - MDC

2010-11-15 09:04

Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change says it is receiving alarming reports of members of the South African police detaining Zimbabweans with and without proper documents.

"This is despite clear public announcements by the government of South Africa that Zimbabweans shall be enjoying a dispensation until December 31," MDC spokesperson Sibanengi Dube said.

"Those who are being picked up especially in Yeoville are being driven around for hours waiting for relatives to come up with bribery in exchange for freedom of their dear-ones."

Police trucks

He said huge police trucks that are notorious for ferrying Zimbabweans to Lindela Repatriation Centre were seen hovering around in Yeoville and Turffontein this weekend.

"Honestly these guys in blue can’t wait for December 31 before they could fleece ‘cooldrinks’ (bribes) from Zimbabweans."

He said the MDC leadership in South Africa was worried that the deadline was drawing near before much ground has been covered by the two governments responsible for issuing the proper documents to Zimbabweans.

The first applicants for the Zimbabwe passports are still to receive them, he said.

"We again appeal to the South African government to exercise patience and stop immediately to harass Zimbabweans in the streets.

"We hope that the SA government will be sympathetic enough to move the deadline to any period after the next year elections."

Charges

He said none of the detained Zimbabweans laid criminal charges because it would be "a waste of time".

"That has become the norm...all they have to do is give them (police) a bribe and they are let off the hook very easily."

Senior Superintendent Vish Naidoo said Zimbabwean nationals should open criminal cases against the officers.

"People subjected to this behaviour are encouraged to open criminal cases.

"Saps is committed to the process being implemented by the government to have foreign nationals legitimised and stay here in South Africa," Naidoo said.

Any form of corruption by any of our members will not be tolerated, he said.

Comments
  • geanann - 2010-11-15 09:17

    That is not surprising at all. The missing Zimabwean youngster who dissapeared whilst in custosy of Pretoria metro Police refers. Anyway South Africa has taken a leaf out of the Mugabe book, they are driving Zimbabweans out. That is also the reason why they harass Paul Verryn at every opportunity. More on this at: http://blogs.news24.com/g.annandale/the-evil-that-awaits-us

  • Ozman - 2010-11-15 09:30

    It has benn happening for years.

  • Leah - 2010-11-15 09:49

    I know a Zimbabwean lady who got her 4 year residency permit and only waited in the queue for a day, this was about 2 weeks ago, her residency permit was issued within 24 hours and according to her the only people detained at home affairs were those with criminal records. With regards to the officers who detained people illegally for bribes they should be prosecuted as it is disgusting to further humiliate and oppress people who are already fearing for their lives and who are just trying to forge a peaceful life for their families away from their country's violence. I think they have suffered enough, don't you?

  • donovanvorster1 - 2010-11-15 09:54

    Really MDC!!??? Really???? Are you sure???? Really????? OFCOURSE IT HAPPENS !!!!!!!!!!!

  • bill - 2010-11-15 10:06

    Cele's adoption of military ranks was to instal discipline into SAPs.Instead he presides over a bunch of armed thugs.

  • Andre - 2010-11-15 10:21

    Well the powers that be are setting a great example when it comes to corruption. Why would the police be any different?

  • Peter - 2010-11-15 10:48

    THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS, ESPECIALLY IN LILY AVE,BEREA WHICH MANY USE AS A 'SHORT CUT' TO YEOVILLE --MANY POLICE FROM ALL OVER JOHANNESBURG CAN BE SEEN IN THESE AREAS AS FROM 16h00 WHEN PEOPLE START RETURNING HOME FROM WORK -- THE BIG PROBLEM -I SUSPECT -IS THAT THERE IS NO CONTROL OF WHO USES THESE VEHICLES AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE ? DURING THE DAY - 5/6 YEARS AGO THE POLICE FROM ALL AREAS COULD BE SEEN IN THE ELLIS PARK AREA - THIS IS NOTHING NEW ? AND WHY HAS THE MDC TAKEN SO LONG TO MENTION IT - WHAT HAS HAPPENNED TO THE INCIDENT INVOLVING POLICE WHO TRIED TO TAKE SOME MONEY FROM A FOREIGNER ON HIS WAY HOME - THE DAILY SUN PHOTOGRAPHER WAS ON HAND ? THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THE TOP BRASS GO HOME AT 16h00, AND THEN THE GAME IS ON ?

  • alanmcg1 - 2010-11-15 13:12

    "Vish Naidoo said Zimbabwean nationals should open criminal cases against the officers." - How exactly? Wouldn't you just expect those same officers to laugh in their faces when they pitch up at the police station saying they want to open a case? They'll just be fleeced once again!

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