Zim man 'smuggled 21 kids into SA'

2011-08-11 08:00

Johannesburg - A 32-year-old Bulawayo man has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 21 children into South Africa through an illegal crossing point along the Limpopo River, Zimbabwe's Herald Online reported on Thursday.

It is believed that the man was taking the children, aged between 1 and 16, from Bulawayo to Johannesburg and claimed to have been hired by their parents.

Beitbridge Chief Superintendent Lawrence Chinhengo said the man was apprehended in South Africa at around 06:00 on Wednesday.

"The suspect was arrested by our counterparts across Limpopo while loading the children into the car in a bushy area between the South African side of the border and Musina town.

Children in care

"They then handed him over to us. More charges will be preferred against him upon completion of investigations," said Chinhengo.

He said that the children had been taken under the care of Save the Children Centre in the border town while investigations continued.

"We are yet to verify the suspect's claim that he was taking them to their parents.

"The suspect will soon be sent to court and we want to strongly warn all those involved in such criminal acts that their days are numbered," he said.

Seven other men who were travelling in the same vehicle were also arrested for contravening the Immigration Act.

Among them, five had valid passports but had opted to leave the country through an illegal crossing point, said Chinhengo.

  • FU2 - 2011-08-11 08:16

    Uncle Bob doesn't take kindly when ZanuPF potential voters skip his borders so the man is good under Zim authorities because they will make him rot in jail.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-11 13:16

      shame man, let them stay, give them jobs and accommodation

      mathata.fela.7 - 2013-01-16 05:32

      It is like a parasitic plague...

  • Tdo - 2011-08-11 08:22

    I think they are in transition to an unknown destination, thats so sick

      Zeek - 2011-08-11 08:27

      Yes to the methodist church in Braamfontein

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-11 08:29

    ...can just imagine what purposes the children would have been smuggled here for...hands off these children!

  • lollie sue - 2011-08-11 08:44

    Poor children, hope they find their parents

  • John - 2011-08-11 08:46

    I would guess this is just the tip of the iceberg . .

      Dal68 - 2011-08-11 09:13

      I would guess you are right.....many thousands more to arrive shortly

  • Nepster10 - 2011-08-11 09:01

    He has fallen in the wrong hands. Zimbabwean Police will torcher to death, unless may be he starts supporting Zanu PF or he is carrying their card.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-11 09:33

      torcher sounds like a budget superhero sponsored by energizer

  • ariete - 2011-08-11 09:34

    The original group was probably 30-35 and some ended up in crocodiles' stomachs

  • 2shy2call - 2011-08-11 09:38

    @Green Oaks do you disrespect your mom like you do to the President? He is not my favourite character but I respect him as a president, Get Life. You should be condeming what is done to innocent children than focusing on President Zuma. Anyway the fact remains, He is your President like it or not.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-11 09:47

      The president doesn't seem to respect us does he? doesn't this thing work both ways anymore?

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-11 11:16

      Once again, respect is earned and that useless goat herder hasn't done anything to earn anyone's respect in this country so deal with it already. If you want us to respect one of your presidents then hire someone who has an education and can run a country properly and honestly and then we can talk about respect again.

      O-Kay - 2011-08-11 11:45

      You don't respect a man because he is the president, you respect the office! I have more respect for some beggars than I do for our president, at least the beggar still has self respect, and doesn't steal the poor peoples money!

      Kenno - 2011-08-11 11:59

      @ 2shy 2call: Respect is EARNED !!! Start earning, and I will start respecting. Understand that??

      daaivark - 2011-08-11 11:59

      Respect is earned, 2shy. In what way has this smiling dancer earned my respect, pray?

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-11 12:20

      No, this is the problem with people today, we act like beaten dogs, the president's office is not entitled to automatic respect, our politicians and policy makers shoud have to fight and sweat blood for our support and votes. I refuse to be anyone's cheerleader, sies.

      xolile.khoza.505 - 2013-01-16 06:15

      Maybe the guy was helping, who knows?

  • paypalawsuit - 2011-08-11 09:42

    haha, what about the millions before them, it is a joke to mention this.

  • Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-08-11 09:50

    Yoh!!!! the whole Zim was coming here

  • P!NK - 2011-08-11 09:55

    What kind of parent would leave their children behind?? Most of the kids can't even swim - They were probably sold for something far worse...

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-11 10:10

      I enjoyed your last album...more live instruments next time please

  • jockvanwyk - 2011-08-11 10:01

    the car carried the driver,21 children and seven men?Are they using stretch limos now?

      O-Kay - 2011-08-11 11:46

      lol, I also noticed that!

  • lekgwakgwadaniel.mohlatlole - 2011-08-11 10:54

    SA government must work hard to stop this at borders so the man is good because we have so many kids from zim,SA we have our own kids to look after.

      O-Kay - 2011-08-11 11:47

      They were crossing at an illegal point along the river, so the Government can't control it. That's why so many Zimbabweans are here illegally.

  • York Hunt - 2011-08-11 11:41

    While he was smuggling the 21 kids, another 2100 men woman and kids crossed at another 10 illegal crossing points.

  • tshabanga - 2011-08-11 12:46

    its just bcz of bobo who is starbon.

  • tshabanga - 2011-08-11 12:47

    is just becaus of bobo who is parthedic.

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