Human trafficking accused appear in court

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
The Hawks arrested four people on charges of human trafficking.
The Hawks arrested four people on charges of human trafficking.
PHOTO: Felix Dlangamandla, Gallo Images, Netwerk24
  • Three people appeared in the Kuruman Magistrate's Court on human trafficking charges.  
  • They were arrested during a raid at a business that allegedly offered sex services.  
  • The three will remain in custody and will appear again on 6 October, while others arrested in Rustenburg will appear on Tuesday.  


Three people appeared in the Kuruman Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of human trafficking.  

Chikwuma Emmanuel Ibekwe, 37, Emmanuel Ikechkwu Okafor, 28, and Ifeanhi Michel Udechi, 30, were among those arrested during raids in the North West and Northern Cape on Sunday. 

Eleven people, thought to be victims of human trafficking, were rescued at overnight accommodation establishments.   

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the women had been lured with promises of employment and were used as sex workers. 

READ| Human trafficking ring: Hawks rescue 'sex slaves', arrest five in swoop on three properties

The three who appeared in Kuruman will return to court on 6 October, while those arrested in Rustenburg will appear on Tuesday.  

The seven people who were rescued in Kuruman were from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa. 

Four South African women were also rescued during the raid in Rustenburg, the North West.

The Hawks said the establishments were also closed down. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When and why would you have your or your partner's sperm count checked?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
That's an unnecessary procedure
16% - 711 votes
As soon as we decide to start a family
7% - 315 votes
Only if we're struggling to conceive
76% - 3287 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.02
-1.8%
Rand - Pound
19.61
-1.1%
Rand - Euro
16.83
-0.7%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.67
-0.8%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-1.3%
Gold
1,809.90
-2.6%
Silver
27.07
-2.2%
Palladium
2,806.97
+1.7%
Platinum
1,121.54
-2.9%
Brent Crude
73.99
+1.6%
Top 40
61,062
0.0%
All Share
67,311
0.0%
Resource 10
64,119
0.0%
Industrial 25
88,248
0.0%
Financial 15
13,596
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo