Zapu members in South Africa at the weekend held a protest march against South African police, accusing them of allegedly demanding “exorbitant freedom bribes” from Zimbabweans illegally staying in that country.
The demonstrations took place in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
In a statement, Zapu Diaspora regional spokesperson Luke Sayi said the supporters handed a petition to the police station commander, Brigadier Vukile Ntandane, demanding action against the exploitation of Zimbabweans and other foreign nationals by the police.
“What concerns Zapu most is that it doesn’t matter whether a Zimbabwean has correct documentation or not, the Hillbrow police arrest and incarcerate them. Those who cannot pay get their charges changed to unrelated ones such as loitering or forgery,” reads part of the statement.
Gauteng police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila yesterday said he was not aware of the alleged protest march.
“I am not in the office at the moment,” he said before referring NewsDay to a Colonel Dlamini.
However, Dlamini could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was continuously on voicemail.