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First on EWN: Collusion between drug dealers and police exposed

An EWN and Carte Blanche investigation revealed drug dealings with dodgy cops in Pretoria.

A marijuana cigarette. Picture: EPA

PRETORIA - A joint Eyewitness News and Carte Blanche investigation and undercover operation has captured evidence suggesting police collusion with drug dealers in the Pretoria inner city.

Undercover footage recorded in Brown Street over the past few months shows drug deals taking place in plain sight, and suspicious interaction between Pretoria Central police officers and known drug dealers.

It's believed tens of thousands of rands are exchanged daily for drugs such as nyaope with some of that money allegedly going to corrupt police officers.

For hours, a handful of men sell nyaope to hundreds of addicts passing through the notorious street, until a police van pulls up and the police officers start chatting to them.

Through the investigation it appears dealers operate seemingly with the protection of the police.

A nyaope addict who spoke to Eyewitness News offers an explanation.

"The dealers can climb into the van and police take them around the corner. When they get there police say they want R1000 or whatever and then they (dealers) give it to them and they unlock for them."

Police say Brown Street has been identified as an area of concern, and police corruption will not be tolerated.

Former South African Narcotics Bureau detective Dewald Te Brugge has watched the footage and says the police appear to be too cordial with the alleged dealers.

"It's definitely not a bust because they are talking to the people. The people are not upset or aggressive. It looks like they know the people."

The nyaope addict says corrupt police arrest the addicts, but not the dealers who are their source of income.

"Most of them arrest people who are smoking, not people who are selling, the big fish. They want us small fish, us who are smoking, but not those who are selling because the police want to keep the money."