Aug 18, 2022

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Hawks arrest 2 suspects for trafficking workers from Mozambique to Mpumalanga

The suspected transportation of workers from Mozambique to work on a farm in South Africa has led to two arrests.

Hawks spokesman Col Katlego Mogale said 39 victims, including adult men, seven women and nine children , were among the victims, aged five, were removed from a farm in eMakhazeni (Belfast) on 24 June during a multidisciplinary operation by members of the Nelspruit Serious Organized Crime Unit and the Flight Unit, along with officials from the Labor and Home Office Mpumalanga rescued.

“Further information gathered at the scene determined that the modus operandi was for the victims to be taken in a taxi from Mozambique to Lydenburg (mashishing) in South Africa where the farm owner’s son and a trafficker allegedly meet the taxi driver and pay. The victims are then allegedly taken to work on the farm.”

The two 32-year-old suspects will face human trafficking charges in Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday.

“More arrests are expected said Mogale.

“The rescued victims will be kept in a safe place in Witbank (Emalahleni).

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