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CrimeHuman Trafficking, Suspect remanded in custody

Human Trafficking, Suspect remanded in custody
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SUSPECT APPEARED IN COURT FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

MPUMALANGA –A 40 years old, undocumented Mozambican appeared before the Bethal Magistrate Court today, Monday 16 May 2022 after he was arrested by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation based in Secunda on Saturday, 14 May 2022 in Bethal farm for Human Trafficking.

Edjuanida Teixeira (40) was remanded in custody by the Bethal Magistrate court and the case is postponed to 23 May 2022 for a formal bail application.

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Edjuanida Teixeira (40)

A tip-off about young and undocumented Mozambicans who were kept on a farm around Bethal was received by the Hawks. The team promptly responded to the information and on arrival at the farm,  they found six undocumented Mozambicans who complained to the police that they were recruited from Mozambique and were promised that someone in South Africa have a job for them.

The victims alleged that they travelled from Mozambique on 05 May 2022 with a blue bakkie and before they reach the border gate from Mozambique’s side, the driver stopped and told them to go and pass through the river while he pass through the border post. The victims did as they were instructed and met with the driver on the other side of the border in South Africa. 

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He took them to Bethal on a farm where they were handed over to the suspect. The victims further told the police that the driver of the bakkie was paid R800 for each victim by the recruiter in Mozambique.

The victims further alleged that on arrival at the suspect`s place they were instructed to cut the grass and during the night the suspect took them with a bakkie to steal coal from the nearby mines and he would only pay them R100 after stealing the coal and never paid them for other jobs.

The Provincial Head for the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation Major General Zodwa Mokoena applauded the team for the swift response to arrest the suspect and rescued the victims who are kept in a safe place while the investigation continues. She further commended the public for reporting the wrongful activities in their respective communities

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Police urge anyone with any information on Crime to call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonym

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