Zimbabweans saved from human traffickers in Limpopo

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Zimbabweans saved from human traffickers in Limpopo

Police in said they believe that they rescued 37 Zimbabweans from a human trafficking syndicate and arrested taxi drivers transporting the victims.

Police spokesman Moatshe Ngoape said they acted on a tip-off that three quantums were transporting illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe to Pretoria on Thursday.

Two taxis were found and police were still searching for the third and its driver.

“According to information, these illegal immigrants crossed into South Africa via the Limpopo river illegally and not through the border post,” said Ngoape

“The vehicles were allegedly driving along the N1 South highway and later these cars were spotted just before Polokwane, stopped and searched. Thirty-seven illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe were found inside… 21 men, 11 women and five children and they will be charged with [contravening] the immigration act” for entering the country illegally, he added.

The two drivers were also arrested for transporting illegal immigrants under the Immigration act.

“We are suspecting that these people were being trafficked, and we are investigating the whereabouts of the third taxi,” said Ngoape.

He said the two drivers and the victims will all appear in the Polokwane magistrate’s court soon.

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