Taxi drivers arrested trying to smuggle 34 into SA

Limpopo police have arrested two taxi drivers for allegedly attempting to smuggle 24 children and 10 adults from Zimbabwe into South Africa yesterday morning.

“The two taxis were intercepted in an intelligence-driven operation after information was received that children – between the ages of 5 and 16 – and 10 adults would be transported illegally to Gauteng from Zimbabwe,” hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

The two suspected traffickers, aged 27 and 52, were arrested on the N1 after they had driven past the town of Makhado in Limpopo.

“The 24 minors are currently being accommodated at a place of safety in Polokwane while the 10 adults are being processed to determine their status in the country,” Mulaudzi added.

The two suspected traffickers are expected to appear in the Sekgosese Magistrate’s Court on Monday for charges linked to human trafficking.

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