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2 Zimbabweans arrested for allegedly trafficking 14 kids on a bus from Midrand to Cape Town

by Staff reporter
08 Dec 2023 at 05:38hrs | Views
Two Zimbabwean nationals were arrested on allegations of human trafficking, after they were found on a bus with 14 undocumented children.

This is the second incident of human trafficking involving children in the past few days.

Over the weekend the commissioner of the Border Management Authority (BMA) Mike Masiapato said they intercepted 443 children, under the age of eight, who were allegedly trafficked from Zimbabwe into South Africa.

It is alleged on Tuesday night the two suspects – a 46-year-old male and a 41-year-old woman – were seen boarding boarding a bus in Midrand with 14 undocumented children.

Provincial Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Tebogo Thebe said there were eight boy and six girls, aged between six and 14-years-old.

"Police were alerted to the incident by a vigilant passenger in a bus from Midrand in Johannesburg en route to Cape Town.

"The bus made a stopover in Kimberley, the passenger called an off-duty police officer, who in turn alerted the multi-disciplinary team.

"The suspects claimed to be taking the kids to their parents in Cape Town, information the police could not verify, leading to the arrest."

Thebe said the victims were inspected and looked dirty, without any additional clothes or bags, and looked hungry.

"Provincial Trafficking in Persons rapid response team lead by Department of Social Development was contacted to assist with placing the kids at a place of safety and providing food."

The Provincial Head of the Hawks in the Northern, Cape Major General Steven Mabuela appreciated the information from the vigilant caller and the efforts of the off-duty police officer, Sergeant Phumla Mpolokeng, which lead to the police's timely intervention.

Source - IOL
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