Human trafficking trial continues in KZN

2013-01-25 09:27
Dr Genchen Rugnath and his wife Ravina leaving the Durban Magistrate's Court. (Sapa)

Dr Genchen Rugnath and his wife Ravina leaving the Durban Magistrate's Court. (Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The trial involving five people accused of human trafficking and keeping a brothel continues in the Durban Regional Court on Friday.

A doctor, his wife, and three men face a total of 156 charges including assault, rape, sexual exploitation of a child, and racketeering.

Sandile Patrick Zweni, 36, Nonduzo Dlamini, 24, Bhabha Dubazini, 29, Dr Genchen Ragnath, 58, and his 47-year old wife Ravina, could face life imprisonment if convicted.

They allegedly ran a brothel in Durban where children as young as 12 were kept.

Zweni, Dlamini, and Dubazana were arrested along with a fourth person in February last year.

They pleaded not guilty in the Durban Regional Court to dealing in cocaine, human trafficking, and keeping a brothel.

Brothel hotels

Rugnath owned two lodges in central Durban: Down Town, in Smith Street, and Inn Town, in the Point area.

A state witness told the court on Thursday that Durban police knew about an alleged brothel hotel in the city.

Yvonne Dudu Shinga, a receptionist who made bookings for prostitutes testified there was no need for her to blow the whistle, as both police and the eThekweni metro police had been to the hotel.

Shinga said police would leave and come back while at times the eThekwini metro police took photos of the girls and told them not to do it.

The trial continues.

- SAPA
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