Limpopo Police Arrest 26 Suspects in Human Trafficking Bust, South Africans Appreciate the Cops

Limpopo Police Arrest 26 Suspects in Human Trafficking Bust, South Africans Appreciate the Cops

  • Police officers in Limpopo cracked down on a human trafficking crime when they arrested almost 30 suspects
  • The majority of the suspects were Somali nationals who were undocumented and were found in a taxi where 23 of them were sitting
  • The taxi also had cross-border documents, and the country thanked the cops for their service

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Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Durban, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years.

South Africans celebrate the SAPS for arresting human trafficking suspects in Limpopo
Netizens applauded cops for arresting 26 suspects caught during a human trafficking bust. Images: Peter Titmuss/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images and Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
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The South African Police Service received praise and adoration from South Africans after arresting 26 people involved in human trafficking. The suspects were arrested in Tzaneen in Limpopo, and money and passports were seized.

Suspects arrested in Limpopo

SABC News reported that the suspects were caught outside of Mooketsi in Limpopo. Police spokesperson Hlulani Mashaba said that when the cops arrived at the scene, they found two suspects and 23 Somali nationals in the taxi. Suddenly, a gold VW Golf appeared out of nowhere and helped the minibus driver to escape the scene. When cops conducted more investigations, they discovered 64 cross-border permits in the taxi. They took the suspects and hauled them to the Bolobedu Police Station.

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Another suspect arrested

The drama did not end there. Another suspect arrived at the police station in a different vehicle and demanded that one of the suspects be let go, claiming that the suspect was a hitchhiker. When the cops searched his car, they found a lot of money and more cross-border permits. He, too, was arrested. The suspects, including the undocumented foreign nationals, will be slapped with charges relating to human trafficking, living in Mzansi illegally and money laundering.

South Africans thank the police

Netizens on Facebook congratulated the police for their hard work.

Mbekezeli Sishi said:

“We thank the SAPS for their hard work. Well done.”

Maliro Josephy added:

“Well done, police.”

TD Mokalake was thankful.

“Danko SAPS.”

Agatha Seriba wrote:

“The cops are working now. Thank you.”

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Malatolemotors Malatole added:

“Hard-working cops are always doing this, but corrupt cops will let them go for R50.”

Suspected vehicle smuggler arrested in Limpopo

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the police in Limpopo arrested a man suspected of smuggling cars out of the country.

The suspect was found driving a Toyota Fortuner that allegedly went missing in Garsfontein in Gauteng and was en route to Zimbabwe via Limpopo. Police cornered the suspect and chased him for a few kilometres before apprehending him. Police also noted that the same suspect is allegedly involved in a syndicate smuggling cars from Gauteng to Zimbabwe.

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