57 Malawian children rescued from human traffickers in SA

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Police in South Africa have rescued fifty seven Malawian children from the hands of human traffickers.

The young Malawians who are between the ages of 11 and 21 are now at a place of safety in the rainbow nation, Malawi24 understands. human-trafficking-1-140203c

According to reports, in the early hours of Tuesday, two police officers spotted a white ‘delivery’ truck travelling at high speed in Rustenburg in South Africa.

In the front seats of the truck were the driver and two other people.

When they were stopped they refused to answer questions related to what they were transporting and refused to open the back.

When officers forced open the back of the truck, two children fell to the ground.

Officers found 18 young Malawian girls and 39 boys inside the enclosed back, which had a makeshift window at the top. Undocumented and shaken – the group was immediately taken to a place of safety.

“They are well looked after and the Department of Social Development will do justice. Immediately after they were found, they were to be taken for assessments or treatments,” said acting national police commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane.

Details of their travel is still sketchy and authorities say they are investigating. It is unclear how long they had been on the road, how they crossed the border, what their intended destination was and exactly what they were trafficked for.

The driver and two passengers, who are Malawians by nationality, were arrested at this point.

“They were arrested for human trafficking. The suspects appeared briefly at the Rustenburg regional magistrate’s court on Tuesday – their case has been postponed to 13 September 2016 – facing 57 counts of human trafficking,” said Phahlane.

South African authorities have since disclosed that they are working with Malawian officials in their investigations.

UPDATE

By December 2016, the Malawi government confirmed the trafficked Malawians would be repatriated by 13th December 2016.

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  1. Let me comment like this those are bushit people from our country they call that ma transpoter timaona ngati kubwela kuno ku SA timagwilisa the way we call smagleling koma ndikulakwa heavy zoona anthuwo sikuti traffikers mayaz koma akuthawa mavuto kumuziko coz enawo ndi akuluakulu but any gd protect them coz ineso ndidayendako ulendo umenewo akadatigwila tikaveka ngati nyasiso coz tidali ambili 150 just imagne

  2. Khani iyi yapereka chitima chomene kumutundu wa Malawi .achewa mumati atumbuka mulibe zeru koma izi za chokera kuti kupoto kapena kumwera.zovesa chisoni kwambiri .

  3. Ana awawa sikutidi adangowazembetsa koma ndi chifukwa cha mavuto. Ndani sakudziwa za njala, umphawi momwe wavutira. Asavutike ndi kuganiza izi ndi izizi ayi pepani alekeni ana akafune ntchito ukoko ku Joni.Omwe ali odya bwinonu mukuti akuzembetsa ana, ayi. Amvetsetseni anthuwo chonde, chonde.Umphawi umawawa asayeni anthuwo akaone zina.

  4. Anawa si obedwa koma Makolo awo ndi omwe analipila ma transporters kuti ana azipita ku jozs akagwile ntchito, agwidwa ndi a Home Affairs chifukwa chopanda ma passports mumadziwa Mangochi people only go to Jonz instead of going to school thus why akafika kuno akumagwira ntchito za 200Rands pa week.ngakhale awatumidze ku Malawi abwelelanso ndi olimba mtima

  5. koma bwanji kungonene kuti anapitila ntchito ndi uhele. mpaka munthu wa zaka 21 kumpanga traffick. kkkkk muwafuse bwino anawo atiuza zoona.

  6. Who are the victims? Where are they from? Who are the traffickers? Where are they from? What constitutes Child Trafficking? This story looks too harsh coz its reported in English. But from another angle,in our language,you wouldn’t call for a life sentence or what what for the so-called traffickers. Actually,if you have lived in Mangochi,went to xul right there and then luckly went to College from Mangochi,you wouldn’t call it child trafficking. Koma poti its a story written in English and we are guided by the laws,you can call it that.

  7. The story behind this is poverty. They think coming to Jobec is the best solution but i tell you this is not true.Anthu akuvutika kuno even eni ake adziko la SA lo .zomvesa chisoni

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  9. Iyi so trafficking nanga anawo anawanfunsa nkuva ndimmene ayendera? Nanga ngati anawo anachokera kumalawi mphaka CPT bwanji sankapita kutoilet mnjiramu nkhupeza mpata othawira? Mwana ndiothera zaka 17. Anthuwa anagwirizana zochita nkhani zake ndiumphawi basi Ali tiyeni mzikagwira ntchito kumafama tizikakulipirani

  10. Pamene Malawi police ili busy harassing university students anzao akugwira ntchito yachitetezo yomwe analembetsa…so sad..all thanx to God Almighty for rescuing these kids

  11. I doubt if those three guys r really Malawians. There r some other African nationals who take advantage of weak procedures in acquiring a National travelling document in countries like Malawi. I would like the Malawi Consulate Immigration staff in Sandton, Jhb. to go and verify. Talk to them in deep, deep Chichewa, Yawo, Tumbuka, Chitonga, etc

  12. Secondly, I strongly disagree kuti were being trafficked. But that they trafficked themselves through an agent. It is the zeal of today’s youth to go to south Africa but transport and destiny is the only setback. Now where a gray area is available why not use that opportunity? Zofuna izi

  13. Kuyambira liti wa zaka 21 kutchedwa mwana? Si ife tomwe a Malawi wa zaka 21 akapezeka ndi milandu mumati bambo wina wa zaka 21? Why changing tongues?

  14. I first read this sad development on someone’s post on a BBC page…Malawi waoladi. DEATH SENTENCE TO THE TRAFFICKERS. Elimation method is the way to go.

  15. Ndizachisonidi mzanga #Maulana, kuti ukapolo uja tinauphunzia Ku school ndizoonadi.
    Malawi afika Ali ndi mwana agwiritse, zonsezi ndikulephela kwa mautsogoleri amene analamulira ndi amene akutilamulirabe, kulephera pakayendetsedwe ndikakonzedwe ka za Chuma.
    Magetsi, Mitseu yakumidzi ndiza madzi amumipopi
    Izi zinthu zitatu ndi nyambo yaikulu yoitanira a malonda kubweretsa chuma mudziko Lima lililonse.
    Ngati boma likuika maso pa mapasport kuti ndi mmene adzathandizire nzika zawo, ndikuwatumiza Ku Kuwaiti ndibodza sizidzathandiza nkomwe.
    Umphawi wadza ndi dongosolo lolephera kupanga bwino ma plan azachuma.
    Vision ya Kamuzu inalu pa ulimi nkukawaberanso Ku Admarc, mpaka pano alimi ambiri ndi otopa kulimanso, phindu lao ndi kumanja.
    Vision ya Bakili inali kutsetsetseratu chumna osachipangira nzeru yoti chipatse mwai a Malawi patsogolo lao laza chuma. Palibe mtsogoleli amene analandira chithandizo chaza chuma kuposa onse ngati Bakili Muluzi.
    Vision ya Bingu inali kuombana ndi amene amamudziwa kuchenjera kwache, nkuwachotsa mu boma lache, kudalira mtundu umodzi wokha.
    Vision ya Joyce Banda inawonekera kuti aika Malawi pamzera wabwino waza chuma kukayambitsa mphamvu ya magetsi Ku Moz-Mal, kutsirizira kubanso chuma cha boma.
    Kodi tidalira ndani?
    Vision ya Mtalika AP, ndikufuna kudziwika kunja kuti analamulirapo Malawi, koma osakonza zinthu zofunikira pa tsogolo la a Malawi ngati paza chuma.
    Malawiyu pazaka 5-10yrs akhala bwanji?
    A Malawi takomana Nazo zowawa mu Africa, makamaka paza chuma, zinthu zivuta mu dzikoli.

  16. Thanx to Rusternburg police for rescuing our kids. The question remains how did they manage to pass 6 borders post without being questioned? Did their parents reported missing person to Malawi police service. If they kept quiet, why? By the sound of things it sound the truck is from Mangochi, Balaka, Machinga. And the driver dont understand or speak english. Kaya ndinu matransporter ndiye apa mwaponda boma lima. The case adjourned to 19 september for more investgation.

  17. Eeeeish thats sadness, those human #traffickers should face the consequences of that…but the problem of #Malawi’s police is #moneyhangry so i dont even see those #traffickers get #punished