The Carolina regional court sentenced a woman, Judith Nyantumba, aged 57, to spend ten years behind bars for kidnapping and child trafficking on Thursday.
Ten years is quite a short term for the offender who had smuggled a 6-year-old boy from Mozambique into South Africa, and used him as forced slave labour without pay.
“The specialised serious organised crime investigation unit was called in to investigate after receiving a report that Nyantumba had smuggled the boy over the border in May 2018,” Hawks Captain Dineo Sekgotodi affirmed.
She “exploited him to work for her without payment”, Sekgotodi said, without elaborating on the nature of the tasks he had been assigned.
The efforts of the Hawks investigation unit that had carried out the detention along with the prosecuting team were highly praised by the provincial head of the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation, Maj-Gen Zodwa Mokoena.
She urged the public to report such incidents where young children were exploited.