SAPS shattered the dreams of human traffickers rescuing 57 Malawian children.
Reports say SAPS stopped a suspicious delivery truck driving at high-speed. And on investigation, found 57 undocumented Malawian children.
The children aged between 11 and 21 years were reportedly found in the back of the truck which had no windows.
As learnt, 18 of the children are girls while 39 of them are boys.
Speaking, Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane said: “These children were transported by the three adult occupants including the driver who are Malawian nationals.
These adults could not provide a satisfactory account on the status of all the children,” Phahlane added.
Thus, the three Malawian nationals were arrested for human trafficking, and have been remanded in custody.
However, Phahlane disclosed that investigation is ongoing. The authorities, law enforcement agencies and counterparts in Malawi are all being investigated, he stated.
Human Trafficking A Serious Human Right Violation
According to Phahlane, the victims were promised money and lured to South Africa. They are now being cared for by the North West Department of Social Development.
“The issues related to how these children were able to cross the borders of our country, including how they were able to reach Rustenburg is a matter of serious concern.
The outcome of the investigation in finding answers to all the related questions is thus eagerly awaited.”
Human trafficking is a serious human right violation,” he said.
And hence, promised that “the South African Police Service will ensure that it follows up on leads which will assist in reducing such incidences.”
He nevertheless, begged South Africans to help SAPS fight crime by reporting criminal activities via the police toll-free line – 10111.
The three Malawian nationals will appear in court on the 13th of September 2016.
Meanwhile, SAPS rescued 16 girls from a house in Kempton Park two weeks ago. It was alleged that the girls were being transacted as prostitutes.