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37 illegal immigrants’ children, forced to hard labour in high-locked-steel door factory, Seven Chinese to stand trial

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The case against seven Chinese nationals accused of human trafficking and infringement of South African Labour Laws has been referred to South Gauteng High Court for trial.

Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court had served the accused with indictment to begin their trial on October 16, 2020.

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has filed an affidavit intending to charge the respondents with schedule six offense, while the Ministry of Employment and Labour has also filed charges against the suspects for violating labour laws.

The defendant will face various charges including human trafficking, violation of the Immigration Law, debt bondage, kidnapping at gunpoint.

On Monday the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court has, amended the bail application for two of the seven accused, before referring the case to the High Court.

Magistrate Basimane Molwana has granted Kavin Tsao permission to leave his apartment without hindrance on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday except to sign at the police station three times a week.

Tsao, who is a naturalized South African, is out on R70 000 bail

Dai. Junying was refused bail because he didn’t provide the court with conclusive evidence.

TChen Hui who is facing a previous conviction is out on R55 000 bail The. court granted the rest R30 000 each.

TChen Hui and Dai Junying along with Qin Li Tsao kavin Tsao kavin Tsao, Jiaqing Zhou, Ma Biao, and Zhang Zhilian were arrested in November last year following a tip-off that Chinese nationals are illegally transporting undocumented immigrants to South Africa and imposed forced labour on them.

During the joint raid, police found 91 Malawi nationals in the factory, 37 of whom were children.

The court heard that Malawians working in the Chinese factory came to South Africa in containers while they brought Chinese to South Africa by a “transporter” who is still a fugitive middleman.

The court heard the Chinese factory was using old clothing to process the inner cotton fabric for blankets.

Strictly controlled by the employer and that workers facing severe working conditions without maintaining occupational health and safety, it emerged in court that the company was operating behind shut high-steel gate.

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