South African police arrest 37 illegal Zimbabwean migrants. Suspect human trafficking6 years ago
South African police have rescued 37 undocumented illegal Zimbabwean migrants from what they suspect to be a human trafficking syndicate and arrested two taxi drivers who were transporting the migrants.
The illegal immigrants comprised of 21 men, 11 women and five children and were intercepted in Polokwane while on their way to Pretoria. In a statement, Limpopo provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoape said they received a tip-off that three Toyota Quantum kombis were transporting illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe to Pretoria on Thursday last week.
According to information, the Zimbabwean illegal immigrants crossed into South Africa through an illegal crossing point. We intercepted two taxis and we are still searching for the third one and its driver. We suspect that these people were being trafficked and we are investigating.
Lt-Col Ngoape said the Zimbabweans will be charged for violating the Immigration Act while the two drivers are facing charges of transporting illegal immigrants under the same Act. He said the two drivers and the victims will all appear in the Polokwane magistrate’s court soon.