National 4.8.2016 04:05 pm

Police ‘steal R15 000’ from businessman

Sarfraz Muhammed, 32, alleges that the police stole R15 000 cash from a drawer in his house in Vereeniging. PHOTO: Sedibeng Ster

Sarfraz Muhammed, 32, alleges that the police stole R15 000 cash from a drawer in his house in Vereeniging. PHOTO: Sedibeng Ster

‘I know all the police personnel who stole my money.’

Sarfraz Muhammed, 32, alleges that the police stole R15 000 cash from a drawer in his house in Vereeniging, Sedibeng Ster reports.

They first searched his house looking for illegal cigarettes. After they found nothing, he said, they assaulted him for no apparent reason. The incident happened at around 11am on July 28. The victim alleges he was detained in a police bakkie before being released a few minutes later: “I know all the police personnel who stole my money.”

He took things further by opening a case of assault and theft at the police station.

Some foreign national businesspeople in the district said they had had enough of the brutality. A foreign businessman who wanted to stay anonymous said they were thinking of packing up and leaving.

“We have had enough of xenophobic attacks. Every time some of the police officials get hungry, foreigners are the first victims focused on,” he said.

Businesspeople that include Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and Ethiopians are busy drafting a petition to the office of President Jacob Zuma and the National Commissioner of Police. They allege they have been turned into victims of circumstance.

Police Captain Fikile Funda has confirmed a case of grievous bodily harm and theft is being investigated. “The police are gathering all necessary information. Currently, no arrests have been made,” said Funda.

– Caxton News Service

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