Man in court for smuggling kids into SA

2011-12-19 21:49

Johannesburg - A man arrested after he was caught bringing Zimbabwean children into South Africa appeared in the Mmabatho Magistrate's Court on Monday, North West police said.

Warrant Officer Sam Tselanyane said 41-year-old Simon Mhlanga would apply for bail on Wednesday.

Police stopped Mhlanga in central Mahikeng last Thursday after he was spotted with 13 children, aged between four and 16, under the tinted canopy of his double-cab bakkie.

Three Zimbabwean adults who were also in the bakkie ran away.

The children were taken to a shelter in Mooinooi.

Police would not comment on why Mhlanga had brought the children into the country.

  • Max - 2011-12-19 22:34

    To me it seems like a normal Zimbabwean family, the mother, the husband and the boyfriend with their 16 children. Where does the smuggling come into the story?

      Bongani - 2011-12-19 23:30

      The report last week said that 2 boys and a girl ran away. There were 13 kids and 3 ran away. Now it is adults. Who do you believe?

      Max - 2011-12-20 05:15

      Ibhubesi, thank you for getting my point. Is there really a story here? I think it was just an ordinary attempt to enter the country illegally that went wrong. Some or other idiot added the bit about smuggling and trading in kids to create a story.

      Monique - 2011-12-20 08:55

      Fact of the matter is that they entered our country illegally and now they are our problem! Send them back! Bob lovers.

      Kala - 2011-12-20 12:31

      And all they wanted to do was a bit of Christmas shopping.

  • Americo - 2011-12-20 07:44

    Get rid of Mugabe and there will be no need to run away from one of the most beautiful countries in the world

  • Taetjo - 2011-12-20 08:09

    LOL! And Thabo Mbeki says that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe...?

  • Snoopsy - 2011-12-20 08:30

    Deport all of them immediately!!! And ban them for 5 years! Sick of these illegal immigrants that stand with there Kids at traffic lights begging for money. Go home, and vote for change in your country, over throw the mugabe regime if you must, but stay out!

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