Doctor, wife get bail in trafficking case

2012-04-02 19:37

Johannesburg - A doctor and his wife arrested in connection with human trafficking and a child sex ring in KwaZulu-Natal have been granted bail of R30 000 each, police said on Monday.

The two filed an urgent bail application, which was granted by the Durban Magistrate's Court on Friday, said Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

They had initially been remanded in custody when they appeared in court earlier that day, but were released on bail after filing an urgent application through their lawyers.

The two were expected back in court on April 10 to face charges of human trafficking and running a brothel.

Mdunge said the couple was arrested at an upmarket resort in Umhlanga, about 15km north of Durban, on Friday.

They had been given an ultimatum to hand themselves over to the police upon their return from Mauritius. When they failed to do so police arrested them. According to Mdunge the doctor was packing his suitcase when police arrested him.

"We gave him a chance to hand himself over. When we asked him why he didn't do so, he said he was scared," Mdunge said on Friday.

Nonduzo Dlamini, 23, Bhabha Dubazini, 29, and Sandile Zweni had already appeared in court in connection with the case that saw police rescue about 24 girls from a building in Durban's Point area. The area has a reputation of being plagued by prostitution and drugs.

When police made the initial arrests in February, they reportedly found 16 girls, some as young as 12, under the influence of drugs. On February 19, KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi urged parents to claim the girls.

Mdunge said there were in fact 24 girls trapped in the ring. Nine of them had been returned to their parents. The others were being kept at a place of safety.

  • mmuxo.mosiamedi - 2012-04-02 19:54

    God bless RSA

  • Fred - 2012-04-02 20:00

    They have been charged ..... WHY NO NAMES ???????

      Atholl - 2012-04-02 21:07

      According to By Noelene Barbeau 'Dr Genchen Rugnath and his wife Ravina, appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court the next morning to face 42 charges – 18 relating to human trafficking and others involving keeping a brothel; facilitating prostitution; accepting proceeds from unlawful activities and for causing or allowing money (that are proceeds of prostitution, keeping a brothel and dealing in drugs) to be used for payment of rent and expenses for rooms at the Inn Town Holiday Lodge in Rochester Street, Point' The fourth accused Urmila Budram, who allegedly worked at the brothel as its manager, has now turned State witness. Regardless of the outcome -- these children will probably never recover -- unless the 'ill-gotten wealth' of the Rugnath's is used to finance their rehabilitation.

  • Frans - 2012-04-02 20:02

    R30 000 bail is probably small change for these people compared to the money the made out of selling these kids. How about R30 000 bail per child?

      Zimbobwe - 2012-04-02 20:54

      There should be no bail baba. Why is RSA so animal farm??? The 3 monsters from Modimolle were denied bail today but a paedophile monster is given bail for what???

      Anastasia - 2012-04-03 08:44

      They are a flight risk. There should have been no bail.

  • Joseph - 2012-04-02 20:03

    thought they said they were NIGERIANS

      Xboxs - 2012-04-02 20:39

      No, the initial article never implicated Nigerians.It is just the racist and xenophobic south African bloggers on news24 who decided to spread their anti-Nigerian propaganda just like they did in their racist movie "District 9".South African blogs are always filled with anti-Nigerian comments,they just can help themselves,they hate us Nigerians but you know what? We don't give a rat's a.. because discrimination is for low lifes.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-02 20:10

    Nice one SAPS. Now lets hope the Judiciary can do their part.

      Arthur - 2012-04-02 21:01

      They already failed with R30k bail.

      Jason - 2012-04-03 07:17

      The SAPS did their job. The judiciary granted bail.

  • Lynda - 2012-04-02 20:12

    Name and shame please....this is so disgusting, quite sure R30K is peanuts to these delightful folk.....if they are Nigerian they'll be gone in no time to set up somewhere else

      Xboxs - 2012-04-02 20:31

      Are you slow or what? Nigerians were never indicated in this syndicate so why do racists like yourself keep mentioning Nigerians.Leave us Nigerians alone and clean your house.

      Arthur - 2012-04-02 21:00

      You're right Xboxs by the sound of the names they're either Xhosa or Zulu - but I can't be sure. I don't really care, if they were White or Indian or Chinese or Guatemalan I'd say the same thing - R30k bail is PATHETIC, R30 Million is more like it.

  • Frans - 2012-04-02 20:21

    Who are the people mentioned in the article? Nonduzo Dlamini, 23, Bhabha Dubazini, 29, and Sandile Zweni, or were they only accomplices?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-02 20:23

    The government is soft on crime. Let's face facts. Senior officials and police accused of rape and it's swept under the carpet? What message does that give the people of this country? Do as you please - the law will slap you on the wrist or maybe even look the other way.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-02 20:48

    A *little* more detail can be found at the competitor news site (posted 5 days ago!)

  • Arthur - 2012-04-02 20:56

    R30k BAIL??? Are you serious? What sick F*** in the magistrates would allow that? What did the lawyer say to convince the judge - or is it all about money for the courts? They were bust, then bust trying to do a runner and you let them loose again? Are you people retarded? Are you so corrupt and jaded you don't even care about 12 year old kids? How about I volunteer to pay the courts R60k to keep them in jail without bail? Would that be agreeable? I will do it! I feel like getting some Muslim tannie in Wynberg to sew me up a nice super hero outfit so I can kick some sense into the MORONS in "charge" of this bullpoop so-called justice system in SA. THEY'RE 12 they deserve more than R30k bail - it should be 30 MILLION. B***ards.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-02 20:57

    Why were they let out on bail? Should be suffering like those young girls where! And then they should be hung

  • Raj - 2012-04-02 22:06

    The judicial system in South Africa sucks, the article says that the doctor and his wife were supposed to hand themselves over to the Police which they failed to to so. It also states that at the time of arrest the doctor was busy packing. Was he packing to go to jail or packing to leave the country again? Such a "small" bail (considering the money he must have made) for the alleged crime. If only one of these kids were a child or grandchild or some relation to this judge would he have granted bail? The problem is that these kids are probably unfortunate and have nobody strong and powerful enough to defend them. Is there a price tag for emotional distress, pain and suffering? if so how much? Hopefully, what goes around will come around. GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA.

  • Mandzee - 2012-04-03 07:19

    Why do they get bail when they clearly a flight risk???? He was packing his suitcase when police arrested him for goodness sake!!! I hope the Judge who granted these two sick, uncouth, twisted idiots bail will face the music if they don't turn up in Court on the 10th!!!!!!! - well don't to the Police for infiltrating this trafficking ring anyway...pity our legal process might not bring them to book ....

  • Ryan - 2012-04-03 07:53

    This is a freaking doctor....WTF!!! Someone whom you trust your life and personal matters with!!!! Sick

  • lsmkhwanaz - 2012-04-03 09:03

    "he was packing his suitcase when arrested." I bet they all packed and ready to flee the country as we speak (if they haven't already!!!)

  • Carla - 2012-04-03 09:55

    Why the hell were they allowed bail?????

  • Gilles - 2012-04-10 14:17

    they were not suppose to let them travel. i dont understand why S.Africa allows this kind of things happening, while there are lots of decent foreigners who are here to make a living and studying. some people do bad thing and all the foreigners got bad names!!!

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