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Foreigners expose corrupt cop racket

Foreigners are accusing police of ill treatment and demanding bribes to stay in the country.

EWN investigated allegations of police officers soliciting bribes from foreign nationals at Park Station in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have again come under fire with foreign nationals accusing them of ill treatment and demanding bribes to stay in the country.

Earlier this month an Eyewitness News investigation revealed how foreign shop owners were allegedly being robbed of their daily earnings and in some instances, beaten up by police.

Businessmen at the Johannesburg Park Station now claim that officers are soliciting bribes of up to R1,000 to avoid deportation.

A former Malawian national who asked not to be named says not even obtaining South African citizenship earlier this year has stopped the police from pushing their luck.

"They told me that I have to pay money because they found me with two passports. They found that I had R1,000 and took all the money."

He explained that he had no choice but to pay the money as he would've missed his only opportunity of the year to return home.

The police's Neville Malila says teams have been deployed to deal with the matter.

"We didn't pick anything up while the officers were patrolling."

Video: Bribery at Park Station?