Tebogo Msimanga |
A mother of newly born twins and two other suspects were arrested in Uitenhage on Thursday, 3 June 2021 for allegations of trafficking in persons.
It is alleged that on Wednesday, 2 June 2021 information was received that there was a possible human trafficking that was about to take place as the mother of 5 days old twin girls was reported to be looking for a buyer.
Captain Yolisa Mgolodela of Hawks in Eastern Cape said the information was followed up and it is said that the mother had already given the babies to the prospective buyer by the time the information was received.
“The joint team of law enforcers followed the lead to a house in Uitenhage where the alleged prospective buyer was arrested and the babies rescued. The twins were admitted in hospital for medical attention as they were dehydrated and severely malnourished.”
Mgondela further said they will be taken to a place of safety upon discharge.”It is alleged that the prospective buyer was expected to pay R50 per day to the mother of the twins in order to satisfy her drug addiction. It is further reported that the alleged buyer was going to apply for children’s grant and give a portion to the mother of the twins on monthly basis.”
The trio is remanded in custody and will appear in Uitenhage Magistrate court on Monday the 7 June 2021.