Informal miners operating in Benoni, South Africa, have accused police officers in the area of demanding bribes to release gold or other material seized during raids against illegal mining. GroundUp Media reports that the miners, mostly from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi, say that during raids they are subjected to intimidation and extortion at the hands of rogue officers, making it more difficult for them to make enough money to send home to their families. In response to the allegations, police spokesperson Kay Makhubele said they had not received any formal complaints of police taking bribes from informal miners.