- A South African mother has been arrested after she attempted to sell her newborn twins to feed her drug addiction, as confirmed by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation
- The mother was arrested with two other suspects in Kariega, Eastern Cape after the prospective buyers of the twins were found with the babies
- The three suspects were remanded into custody and are expected to appear before the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges relating to human trafficking
An Eastern Cape mother was arrested after attempting to sell her five-day-old twin daughters. The mother was arrested in Kariega. Yolisa Mgolodela, Hawks spokesperson, stated that the babies had been found with the 'buyer' in Kariega. The arrest happened on Thursday, 3 June.
Mgolodela stated that they received information about a possible human trafficking incident after the mother was reportedly looking for a buyer for her twins. Mgolodela said that they followed up on the information received. By the time they tracked her down, she had already given the babies to a prospective buyer.
The mother, along with two other suspects, is expected to appear in court on Monday. The suspects will be appearing on charges of human trafficking.
Safety of the children
According to SABC News, Mgolodela said that the babies were immediately admitted to hospital for medical attention. She explained that the newborns were dehydrated and malnourished, adding that they would be taken to a place of safety once they are discharged.
Drug addicted mother
Mgolodela gave more details about the incident. According to the captain, the prospective buyer of the twins was allegedly supposed to pay the mother R50 per day for her to feed her drug addiction. It is further alleged that the buyer intended to apply for children's grants.
A portion of the grant money was going to be paid to the mother monthly. A report by TimesLIVE revealed that the suspects were remanded into custody as the investigations continue. The suspects will be appearing before the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court.
Drugs taking over
In other crimes related to drugs, Briefly News reported that a suspect had been arrested after being found with 800kg of compressed pure cocaine with an estimated street value of R400 million. The 39-year-old was allegedly driving a bakkie that was towing a ski boat.
The 12-foot ski boat was stopped by police after they received a tip-off. The drugs were found in the boat while it was being searched. The arrest happened on the N1 north near the R21 Flying Saucer Interchange in Pretoria.
A multi-disciplinary team was made up of the Pretoria Serious Organised Crime unit, South African Narcotic Enforcement Bureau, Tactical Operations Management Section of the Hawks and the Crime Intelligence Head Office.
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