Eastern Cape farmer in court for human trafficking, rape charges

A 41-year-old man from Aberdeen in Eastern Cape is expected to make his first appearance at the Aberdeen magistrate’s court on Wednesday on charges ranging from human trafficking to child labour.

He is linked to at least five cases of human trafficking and rape between 2020 and 2023 in Eastern Cape and other provinces.

Provincial police spokesperson Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli said a task team from the family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit in Graaff-Reinet made a breakthrough after an extensive investigative work uncovered a number of cases of human trafficking and rape that emanated from a case of rape opened in February 2023.

“The suspect, who is a farmer, was arrested on Monday for his alleged involvement in several criminal cases such as human trafficking [five counts], rape [five counts], assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, intimidation, and child labour,” said Nkohli.


 

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