In a horrific human trafficking case, police rescued a 13-year-old girl after her family tried to sell her to a union for sexual exploitation for Rand 40million on Tuesday.

Hawks spokesperson Lt. Col. Philani Nkwalase said a multidisciplinary rescue operation was carried out by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption and Organized Crime Investigation Teams, in conjunction with the Task Force SAPS of Vanderbijlpark for serious and violent crimes and the unit of domestic violence and sexual offenses in the Vaal Rand.

“The operation resulted in the arrest of two suspicious women aged 36 and 57 for human trafficking, conspiracy to sell a minor for the purposes of sexual exploitation, kidnapping and child theft”, Nkwalase said.

Nkwalase said the investigative team continued planned suspicious human trafficking activity in the Heidelberg area, where a mother-in-law and mother-in-law allegedly conspired to sell their 13-year-old daughter-in-law to a trade union for human trafficking for 40 million rand.

“An investigation was launched and the Joint Police Team seized R30,000 cash and electronic gadgets for further investigation. The rescued minor was taken to a safe place, ”Nkwalase said.

The provincial head of the Priority Criminal Investigations Directorate in Gauteng, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa, congratulated the investigation team on the success of the operation.

“What is rather troubling about this situation is that family members have been found involved in the alleged crime committed against theirs,” Kadwa said.

“Setting up an operation of this magnitude shows courage and we commend the investigative team for carrying it out without anyone being injured and the child has been rescued safely. months, we made a major breakthrough by successfully dismantling illegal brothels in the Vaal Rand, where police officers were arrested on allegations related to human trafficking, Kadwa said.

The couple are scheduled to appear in Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, June 17. The investigation is continuing.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Team in Johannesburg has arrested Kenneth Siphiwe Mazibuko, 37, who faces fraud charges. The suspect worked at Nedbank as head of regulatory risk oversight.

He allegedly linked a Nedbank client’s bank account to his own and made a fraudulent withdrawal of approximately R 140,000 from his personal account. The incident was discovered during an internal investigation of the bank following a request from the customer.

Mazibuko appeared in Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court shortly after surrendering to the Hawks on Tuesday. He was released on bail from R2000. He is expected to be back on July 9, 2021.

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