Legislature in SA needs improving to fight human trafficking

While low-level human traffickers have been convicted in South Africa, high-level human trafficking syndicates have never been prosecuted in the country.

This is despite the country being identified as a human trafficking hotspot.

Xolani Gwala spoke to Marcel Van der Watt, Human Traffic Incident Manager at the National Freedom Network.

Van der Watt explains the extent of human trafficking in SA, as well as the challenges faced in dealing with the scourge.

He says there are no reliable statistics at the moment and that legislation needs to be improved.

We have got legislation that was only passed on 9 August 2015, so as a system we are still grappling with how to implement this and prosecute these cases.

Marcel Van der Watt, Human Traffic Incident Manager at the National Freedom Network

A lot of these cases are still being subsumed into charges such as domestic violence, rape, sexual assault. And there is a massive knowledge vacuum in terms of how this problem manifests at grassroots level.

Marcel Van der Watt, Human Traffic Incident Manager at the National Freedom Network

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffrey will be attending a UN workshop on Monday, alongside law enforcement officials, to address

A number of structures have been set up to coordinate government's response to trafficking, and so the workshop is being organised to streamline and strengthen the trafficking programmes that are in place and ensure uniformity in the inter-departmental application of the act.

Marcel Van der Watt, Human Traffic Incident Manager at the National Freedom Network

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
No certainty if strange stone originates from outside the solar system

No certainty if strange stone originates from outside the solar system

In 2013 researchers announced the 'Hypatia' stone found in the south-west of Egypt, was most certainly not from Earth.

[LISTEN] ANC's proposed land expropriation explained

[LISTEN] ANC's proposed land expropriation explained

The Institute of Race Relations explains the confusion around the proposed amendment to Section 25 and how this affects property.

State Capture inquiry could be 'never-ending' if broadened - Karima Brown

State Capture inquiry could be 'never-ending' if broadened - Karima Brown

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has called for a broadening of the scope of the investigation into state capture.

Opinion: Do we have the capacity to put an end to human trafficking in SA?

Opinion: Do we have the capacity to put an end to human trafficking in SA?

Police are investigating a human trafficking ring in Johannesburg after a 19-year-old Free State man escaped.

City arms vulnerable women with whistles and self defence classes

City arms vulnerable women with whistles and self defence classes

The Nelson Mandela Bridge and UJ Auckland Park campus are among the hot spot areas for reported attacks on women.

I don't feel like I'm still my mothers little girl - human trafficking survivor

I don't feel like I'm still my mothers little girl - human trafficking survivor

A 17-year-old human trafficking victim says her life will never be the same after she was forced into prostitution two years ago.

Popular articles
Vigilante mob attacks alleged criminals in Daveyton

Vigilante mob attacks alleged criminals in Daveyton

Tensions are rife in the East Joburg township as the community attacked and killed criminals.

Survivor winner Tom Swartz vows to buy his wife 'new boobies and a family house'

Survivor winner Tom Swartz vows to buy his wife 'new boobies and a family house'

Swartz says he would have done anything to get the R1 million prize money.

[WATCH] Dad uses a drone to pull out son's tooth

[WATCH] Dad uses a drone to pull out son's tooth

Khabazela shares YouTube videos gone viral including a barmaid hitting a colleague who slapped her rear during a routine.

'There is no way Magnus Malan could've done the things he is accused of'

'There is no way Magnus Malan could've done the things he is accused of'

Former police minister Adriaan Vlok has rejected accusations that former minister Malan was at the centre of a paedophile ring.

4 tips for safely investing right now when everything is so hectic

4 tips for safely investing right now when everything is so hectic

Bruce Whitfield asks Personal Financial Advisor Warren Ingram for advice on how investors can safely navigate this hectic time.

[Listen] Lottery responds to Tshepo's fraud claims

[Listen] Lottery responds to Tshepo's fraud claims

Philemon Letwaba says Tshepo's case relates to some of the issues that they are dealing with on a daily basis.