Four Malawians showed up briefly in a South African court on Tuesday, June 26, 2016 to answer 57 counts of human trafficking.
Two drivers and two travelers were arrested on Tuesday morning for trafficking 57 youthful Malawians to South Africa.
As per South African authorities, those Malawians who have been rescued by the South African Police are aged between 11 and 21 and they have been given shelter in Rustenburg anticipating further investigations and communication between the South African government and their Malawian counterparts.
The acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane said Police saw a white conveyance truck going at a fast speed early in the morning in Rustenburg.
“Police saw a white conveyance truck going at a high speed early in the morning on Tuesday. They made a followup and ceased it. In the wake of halting thats when it was found that there are people inside”, said Phahlane.
It is said that when the police asked the drivers what they were transporting, however they faiiled to answer questions. This made the police to constrain them to open the back of the truck, thats when they discovered 39 Malawian young men and 18 youthful Malawian young ladies encased in the truck.
Reports from South Africa exhibits that all these safeguarded Malawians don’t have travelling documents and Police are investigating how they crossed beitbridge boarder post and where they were being taken to.
Their case has been postponed to September 13, 2016.
Meanwhile the 57 rescued Malawians are under supervision of the Department of Social Development in Rustenburg.