Foreigners fear Pretoria police hostility
June 11 th, 2015
Pretoria – Foreign nationals are victims of xenophobic operations led by police in Pretoria. Foreigners say they are being bullied, extorted for bribes and harassed. Police took them from the street and threw them into the back of police vehicles. According to Pretoria East businessman Peter Colyn, police officials demanded bribes from foreign nationals. A Zimbabwean man, employed by Colyn’s wife, was told to pay R300 in exchange for his freedom. He refused and had to spend hours riding around in the back of the police vehicle. Others were picked up the same way. The alerted family rushed to the police station where the man was kept. He was released later. The department of Home Affairs said foreigners had legal recourse if they were harassed in the name of migration rules.
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