Home Affairs officials demand bribes from asylum seekers - report

Corruption Watch has opened criminal cases at the Johannesburg Central Police station against three Home Affairs employees implicated in corrupt activities at Marabastad Refugee Reception office.

New report released by Corruption Watch, Project Lokisa: Asylum at a Price, reveals several corruption allegations of how foreign nationals are demanded bribes by SAPS officials, security and Home Affairs staff.

Corruption Watch managing director, David Lewis says Home Affairs has not been co-operative in addressing the issue.

Basically it is from the moment you encounter the security guard at the gate at the refugee centre to the moment you encounter the Department of Home Affairs official. These are multiple gates that refugees have to pass, and at every gate there is somebody with his hand out. It starts with a hundred rand and ends with thousands of rands.

David Lewis, Corruption Watch managing director

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