Undocumented foreigners held in Joburg

Johannesburg - Twenty-four Ethiopian men were taken to Brixton police station after they were found without documentation, the home affairs department said on Friday.

The men were caught in Braamfontein when traffic officers stopped a 16-seater minibus taxi they were travelling in, said spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete.

Three of the 24 were believed to be minors.

"The driver of the vehicle is in custody, as charges are being finalised."

Tshwete said the department would investigate whether the men were victims of human trafficking.

"It is the likelihood that they were victims of human trafficking who came to South Africa via Zimbabwe.

"They may be moved to a place of safety as investigations unfold."

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Ria Cook 2014-08-08 04:32:34 PM
24 caught, another million or so still to be caught!
Gia Concetta 2014-08-08 04:32:48 PM
Where is the place of safety? Lindela?
Sitch Nkululeko N 2014-08-08 04:33:35 PM
Deport them! They can be the first passengers on the new airline that's being launched called Skywise. They have already taken over Bellville in cape town.
FastnEasy Loans 2014-08-08 04:35:04 PM
24 = tip of the Iceberg
Laviva Ka Maviva 2014-08-08 04:37:31 PM
There's many of them!
Khuliso Mutsha 2014-08-08 04:41:23 PM
Somalians must go back home, there is peace and stability in Somalia these days,
Freddie Van Reenen Mostert 2014-08-08 04:41:40 PM
why dont we just fling open all borders and let the whole of africa in for a visit...we're rich enough, are'nt we?????and we care more and better for foreigners than our own people!
Lebohang Molefe 2014-08-08 04:45:01 PM
We have far too many illegal immigrants in South Africa (over 4 million).In any country either you bring in money or skills for residential consideration. We need to do a mass campaign and send all the illegal ones back, including chinese and portugese.
Emson Chakupa 2014-08-08 04:48:08 PM
no dont insult them ,thy are looking greener pastures.
Sibusiso Mcebisi Matinise 2014-08-08 04:49:30 PM