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Eight life sentences for human trafficking

The Graskop Regional Court sentenced Nyambi Mabuza aged 62, to eight life sentences for trafficking young Mozambican girls between the ages of 11 and 17 under the false pretence that he was taking them to school in South Africa.

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When the girls arrived in South Africa, a different story unfolded wherein they were used as sex slaves and never set their feet on school property.

When the matter was reported to the police they discovered that the girls were kept under horrible conditions and sometimes they would even go to bed without food.

Police started with their investigation which led to the arrest of Mabuza and his accomplice, a Mozambican woman, Violet Chauke, aged 24.

On Friday, 21 November 2014, the court found Mabuza guilty on four counts of human trafficking for sexual purposes and four counts of rape.

His accomplice was found guilty on three counts of human trafficking for sexual purposes and three counts of rape.

In passing judgement the Magistrate, Dr Lamprecht said Mabuza did not show any remorse about his horrendous acts, which is evident by the fact that he initially pleaded not guilty.

He further said Mabuza committed his unpalatable acts against the innocent children who were brought into South Africa and created high hopes in them that he was going to better their future.

As a result of his findings and based on his remarks, Magistrate (Dr) Lamprecht did not hesitate to impose hefty sentences on Mabuza as follows:

• four life sentences for four counts of human trafficking for sexual purposes

• four life sentences for four counts of rape

His accomplice, Chauke, was sentenced to 20 years in prison which was wholly suspended for five years on condition that she is not found guilty of related crimes.

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