Child trafficking accused in court


Five people accused of running a brothel where children as young as 12 were kept appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The matter was postponed to July 18 because the State needed to provide documents to the defence.

Sandile Patrick Zweni, Nonduzo Dlamini, Bhabha Dubazini, Dr Genchen Ragnath and his wife Ravina face charges of dealing in cocaine, human trafficking, keeping a brothel, and living off the earnings of prostitution.

Dlamini and Dubazini did not have an attorney in court.

They asked for the services of attorney Philani Mkhize, who represents Zweni.

"I will need to take instruction from the accused, because I was not aware they did not have a lawyer," Mkhize said.

Zweni, Dlamini and Dubazini were arrested with a fourth person when 24 girls, eight of them minors, were rescued from a building in Durban's Point area in February.

Zweni's bail application was denied in April. The other three abandoned their bail applications.

The Ragnaths were arrested some time after the initial bust and were granted bail of R30,000 each.

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