Alleged human trafficker appears in court today

By Drum Digital
02 October 2014

Lloyd Mabuza and his co-accused Violet Chauke, 22, appeared in the Graskop Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of rape, and human trafficking for sexual purposes.

But in court today, the 60-year-old Mpumalanga man accused denied keeping five girls as sex slaves.

Between 2009 and 2012 he allegedly lured young Mozambican girls to South Africa with promises of a better life and an education. The girls were between the ages of 10 and 16.

A state witness testified that her husband worked for Mabuza and she took one of the girls under her wing and sent her to school.

Mabuza and Chauke were taken into custody in December 2012 after five girls were found half naked and starving. He allegedly raped them at his home in Rhenosterhoek.

According to the State, Chauke's sister Juliet allegedly brought the girls from Mozambique. There may have been more than five girls because Juliet reportedly took them back to Mozambique after he had abused them.

He has been accused of human trafficking.


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