Media Statement from Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service
POLOKWANE: The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has rescued 15 Ethiopians from a certain house in Polokwane, last night. The men between the ages of 16 and 30 were allegedly held captive at the house.
The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Unit received information about people who were allegedly held captive at a certain house in Polokwane on Tuesday night of 14 November 2017. The information was followed up and it led the police to the house where the alleged captives were kept and they were found and rescued.
Three suspects in their early thirties who were found in the house and believed to be also Ethiopian were arrested and expected to appear before the Polokwane Magistrate Court on Thursday, 16 November 2017.
All victims have been taken to a place of safety, while police investigations continue.
In another separate similar incident, four people who were allegedly trafficked from Zimbabwe were rescued by the Hawks at Chebeng Village, just outside Seshego. The suspect, Raymond Sithole has been arrested and released on bail and his next court date will be on 30 November 2017.
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