Zimbabwean man up for ‘human trafficking'


FRANCISTOWN: A Zimbabwean man threw caution to the wind after he allegedly ‘trafficked’ seven children from Zimbabwe to South Africa (SA) amid a sharp increase of COVID-19 (Omicron variant) infections in the southerly neighbouring country.

However, the end of the year in Francistown is usually characterised by a spate of human trafficking incidents and related offences as reflected by the increasing number of cases registered with the courts. Eric Mpofu, 29, who is unemployed appeared before Magistrate Chandapiwa Molefi on Monday on a holding charge of ill-treatment of children. Mpofu was arrested by the police on December 3, 2021, at Bluetown while travelling with seven children from Zimbabwe to South Africa.

Prosecutor Sesafeleng Dijeng applied for charges to be read to Mpofu and his plea was reserved. Dijeng also made an application for Mpofu to be remanded in custody and called the Investigating Officer (IO) to advance reasons why Mpofu should be remanded in custody.

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