Man caught trafficking 16 children

2011-12-15 22:32

Mahikeng - A man was arrested for human trafficking after being caught bringing Zimbabwean children into South Africa on Thursday, North West police said.

Police stopped the 41-year-old Cape Town man in Mahikeng with 16 children, aged between 4 and 16, spokesperson Sergeant Karen Tredoux said in a statement.

Two of the girls and a boy managed to run away. The remaining 13 - five boys and eight girls - were taken to the Mahikeng police station.

The man apparently entered Zimbabwe on Friday, December 9 and returned to SA via Botswana on Thursday. He dropped the children off near the Skilpadshek border post, where they entered SA by crawling through the bush. He then picked them up on the other side of the border and made his way to Mahikeng.

Tredoux would not comment on the man's reasons for bringing the children into the country, saying this was being investigated.

The children were taken to a shelter in Mooinooi. The man was expected to appear in court in Mahikeng on Monday.

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-15 22:50

    Does'nt sound like he was forcing them to come, they could've run away at the crossing. Sounds like more illegals adding to the useless bunch we have in SA already.

      Farai Fatso Z - 2011-12-16 07:16

      4 year old or even 10? I would love to hear this argument in a rape case: 'yeah she didn't object, bla bla bla'. Who shall protect children???????

      Squeegee - 2011-12-16 07:26

      Mundu, you dweeb. Do you think he would tell them that they will end up in the hell of prostitution or do you think he would make all sorts of promises about a better life. Oh, sorry, you didn't think.

      John - 2011-12-16 11:33

      Ages 4-16... hello.... The guy should be strung up. Do you have children Mundu... God be with them if you do.

      Hopalong - 2011-12-16 17:35

      You should take heed of what your profile 'photo' says!!!

      mundu.olewega - 2011-12-16 18:23

      Look, all I was saying was there seems to be a hole in the arguement that he was bringing them in for sex related reasons. Some ran away when the cops showed up, which leads me to believe they knew they were illegals but crossed without coercion anyway. Seems to me they might have jumped from the proverbial pot into the fire.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-15 22:53

    Well the children got into SA without him being there to force them through. What are we missing? Rescue attempt or coercion?

      John - 2011-12-16 04:02

      @TheWatcher, Could be that their already illegal parents, have stolen some legal persons job and now have the funds to fetch their kids for a better life than Zim. Same as the coyoti's do in Mexico.

      John - 2011-12-16 11:37

      As a kid if you dropped at the side of the road and told to crawl through the bush you do as you told. They have no where else to go and no other option. Its criminal regardless.

  • Belinda - 2011-12-15 22:55

    please go and sign and lets protect our children and women.

      Call_Of_Muti_3 - 2011-12-15 23:31

      I protect my children with education and guidance, and a .357 Magnum S&W - if you don't like a porn pay channel, don't subscribe, but leave children out of the equation.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-15 23:42

      @Belinda. I can't believe your comment. This is a pay channel with a separate decoder. Please let people decide what they want themselves. What is next? You going to create a petition to force me into a church on a Sunday?

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-15 23:53

      @Belinda. Let me give you a reality check. Porn has been around for a long time in South Africa and on Internet. Those that want to download it, can do it freely. So why didn't you create a petition to stop that? This new porn channel is going to be a dead loss because why would guys pay for it when they can get it free. You are creating a storm in a tea cup. Go join a worthy cause like Mobilitate and do something of value with your time.

      John - 2011-12-16 03:42

      @Belinda, Masturbation is healthy, thumbs up for Porn TV, besides it it often helps foreplay.

      Dmitri - 2011-12-16 06:38

      Looking at your profile pic, you also believe in Santa...

  • Max - 2011-12-15 23:12

    Not to be rude but what would his motivation be for smugling the children into the country, it can't be traficing seen that we already have our own oversupply.

      Max - 2011-12-15 23:22


      Sean - 2011-12-16 07:23

      so much for our so-called border control!?

  • etienne.human - 2011-12-16 00:37

    @ Ibhubesi - sounds like you are trying to defend the undefendable. Or maybe you are worried that your porn on the internet (which you seem to know a lot of) may be under threat? Are you one of the people drawing your salary while watching porn all day at your employer's expense? It also sounds like you can do with some church going my friend - under force as suggested by yourself. You are one of many who do not realise the moral decay porn per se is causing our society - that is a direct referance to your obvious lack of education, finesse and willful embracing of your animalistic and bare instincts. Perhaps you should rather join a wothwhile cause before critisising those who do. Go better yourself so you can make peace with yourself instead of attacking those who are making the effort to spread civilisation. Buffoon.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2011-12-16 00:52

      Ettiene ,the points Ikhubesi made are debatable. The problem we face is that children are streaming in from Zimbabwe. I believe these children that were brought in were sponsored by relatives or parents already in the RSA. I wish you could see Beitbridge/Musina any time.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-16 01:18

      @Etienne. Let me answer your many questions. 1. I'm defending the freedom of people. If you don't watch porn, it is your choice. The next man must have the freedom to choose himself. You have no right to choose for other people and if you think you have, give me the law that gave you that right. 2.The porn on Internet will never be stopped by you, me or anybody. The Internet can't be governed by individuals or even countries. It is a free International medium. It is up to you to watch your kids and teach them your belief system. 3. You would drop down dead if you knew what I did for a living. No time to watch porn. 4. I'm an atheist. So I don't need your church. 5. I have seen no moral decay in my society. Maybe you live on the wrong side of town. Around me people make money and couldn't be bothered by porn. Maybe where you live are a lot of pen pushers watching porn when they should be working and going to church on Sunday. 6. I'm just guessing on the education remark and your lack of logic and the obvious racist remark you made. Bit of a bitter pill to swallow that I can sit here and defend myself isn't it? Want me in your garden moving your lawn? Not going to happen. I'm more likely to be your boss. 7. Lack of finesse and animalistic and all the other things you called me. I would never stoop down to your level calling people names like that on a public forum. Bit of a complex Etienne?

      etienne.human - 2011-12-16 01:23

      @Ibhubesi - racist remark? That is where the education comes in my friend. Go chech your dictionary and stop being so sensitive about race. If all of that oratary of yours is believable, why the attack on the lady? Surely she is entitled to her own opinion - as suggested by yourself? Practice what you preach my friend otherwise all your fancy writing is just dust in the wind ....

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-16 01:40

      @ekfeugo. I'm a lot more worried where the three kids are that ran away. Who will take care of them and where will they get food? Maybe these are Aids orphans?

      etienne.human - 2011-12-16 01:43

      Hahaha, I cannot BELIEVE you are trying to impress me with your job title! If we have to start comparing sizes here you might just come short. If anything it gain bears referance to your personal insecurity and "having to prove yourself" - very very immature tsk tsk tsk. And you are wrong about stopping porn. It can be stopped by individual governments as is the case in China for instance. if you read the papers, you will know that our government is currently contemplating the same methods i.e. censorship of internet sites containing pornographic material. It seems that you are the one with the chip on the shoulder. Referring to "mowing lawn" and "whatt side of town". I am used to money and and have been on the right side of town for a very long time, not a newcomer like you, so I don't have to prove anything. And by applying your little mind. you might consider "decay of society" in a broader sense - perhaps the world? You see, that tunnel vision comes from being given to much too soon and not being able to deal with it. Now you want to show everybody your nice new car and fancy house. Ai man, nobody is impressed ... only you are - get away from the mirror! Learn first to absorb it all before commenting son. You might be surprised at the possibilities locked inside your head.

      etienne.human - 2011-12-16 01:54

      @ekfeugo - I cannot agree with you more. This goes far beyond just causing potential job losses to SA citizens or adding an additional burden to our already fragile economy - this goes to the fabric of the family and our society. My comment to Ibhubezi was more out of astonishment than anything else. if someone can approve porn in the same breath as condoning the arrival of these children (by force or not), it seems that he will be condoning child pornography as well? Because sadly that is where some of these children will end up. Or in the morgue ...

  • Simone - 2011-12-16 03:52

    my heart goes out to these children, i hope they are ok!

  • Ben - 2011-12-16 05:02

    Thank you guys for this very interesting entertainment. Different opinions were always to me proof of intelligence. This channel may serve to assist us in solving some of the complex problems that we have to deal with in this country. Attacking one another has however, up to now not been an effective way to solve any. The missing children is the biggest concern at this stage and it would have been helpful to know what is being done to find them.

  • nonhlanhla.mlotshwa1 - 2011-12-16 05:56

    I dont think this a case of trafficking this guy must have been paid to bring these kids over for Xmas by their parents this happens a lot at this time of yr I have friends from Zim who do it but I think they need to have affidavits along with proper travel docs stating that the parents gave consent for him to travel with them. The ones that ran off must have been thinking they are going to be deported back as it seems they got in the country illegally...hope they find them.

  • Mike Kani Ramajoa - 2011-12-16 06:16

    arrest him and throw away the keys or give it to me.

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-12-16 09:45

    Babies for sale, child slaves, child porn? Who knows what this animal had in store for them. Kill him i say..... If only twas that easy

  • Gail - 2011-12-16 10:16

    I think watching porn involving small children is disgusting and immoral and can lead to the increasing number of rapes of young innocent children within society when the thrillof watching is no longer enough. Men who enjoy this have to be insecure and inadequate and feel worthless to get any pleasure from it. These kids being "trafficked" sound to me as though they were being escorted to the land of milk and honey in advance of the elections due to be held there next year. Do we really need more mouths to feed and claim welfare in our country when our own orphans and children have so little? These children end up on the streets prostituting themselves for money to send home to Zimbabwe and when they gat no customers they are forced to resort to stealing, breaking and entry and even murder to survive. They spread disease and sleep in shop doorways. I don't believe this was traafficking but illegal border crossing under escort.

  • panafriconman - 2011-12-16 11:26

    While I'm also concerned about the fate of these innocent children, the issue of illegal immigration (especially from Zim) is the most worrying aspect we need to address. As others mentioned our people already lack resources without millions of illegals clogging up our public healthcare, education and even RDP housing services - and mostly without them contributing to the income tax revenues while sending savings out of the country. They are also not there to vote Mugabe out of power. Tough as it sounds the rest of Africa must be left to deal with their own problems without the option of fleeing to SA (rather than to overthrow corrupt governments in their own country). What gives me hope is minister Dlamini-Zuma's successes so far in fixing the Home Affairs department. Perhaps she'll be able to make our borders more secure.

  • EyesEars - 2011-12-16 11:34

    Give me the story behind the story. Will make up my own mind. Part of my freedom of choice. For some of those who answered below. You have the right to choose what ever you like. Decency towards young adults and children(who were being told lies and made empty promisses to) will not hurt you. If you want to watch porn, your choice but leave the young ones and the innoccent out of your fantacy worlds and pay for your choices in life, not by means of hurting and destroying the innoccent and young ones. Surely that is not to much to ask.

  • Bhavana - 2011-12-16 11:55

    Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Many boys and girls becomes the victims of this modern day slavery. The documentary "Burkina Faso: A New Life for Trafficked Children" by ILO(International Labour Organization ), the focus is on bus stations and bus drivers to help prevent children from being trafficked and help them for better life. To watch documentary online visit-

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