Chinese citizens detained for alleged trafficking in human beings and infringement of labor laws.
The court was told by a witness of the "painful" working conditions at the Johannesburg plant. The defense told a witness who testifies that he was committing the crimes by entering South Africa without a passport against the 7 Chinese nationals accused of trafficking in humanity.
"You are an undocumented immigrant as you stand here today. Do you agree with me?"
"That is true, I don't have a passport," Ndika responded.
Ndika was aware that entering another country without a passport was illegal, according to Kruger. "You were well aware that entering another country without a passport could result in criminal charges.
So, in order to come to South Africa, you were willing to commit a crime. You did commit a crime when you crossed into South Africa without a passport "he said
Ndika is currently testifying in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg against Kevin Tsao, Dai Junying, Chen Hui, Qin Li, Jiaqing Zhou, Ma Biao, and Zhang Zhilian. He told the court about the "painful" working conditions he and his coworkers allegedly endured at the accused's Johannesburg plant.
Human trafficking, kidnapping, and labor law violations are among the 160 charges leveled against the defendants. On April 26, they pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to News24.
Poverty Ndika previously told the court that he came to South Africa from Malawi when he was 14 years old in order to escape poverty. He said that he arrived in South Africa in a taxi. He said that he arrived in South Africa in a taxi.
He said the "transporter" assured him that crossing the border without a passport was not a problem. According to reports, the "transporter" stated that he would be the one to negotiate their entry into the country.
I was not afraid when I arrived at the border because the transporter told me that he would be the one negotiating. My only responsibility was to be transported and seated in the taxi.
"Given my situation, I've just agreed to pay the transporter."
When he first arrived in the country, he worked for the accused. He told the court on Wednesday that he was abused and called a "mother f——-" by some of the defendants, which he described as "painful."
He said, "Life was so difficult." He also told the court that he was paid R65 a day, a figure he said he couldn't alter.
"Mr Chen warned us not to go outside because there are so many police officers." We simply worked together. I was not pleased with myself. We'd have to leave the factory at some stage because there was no airtime.
"We couldn't get airtime or see our friends because we couldn't afford it." "We weren't allowed to use our phones or listen to the radio," he said.
He also mentioned that they were only permitted to use the restrooms during lunch. He also said that they were only allowed to use the restrooms at lunchtime, and that if they did so before then, they risked losing R20 from their pay.
"The care at work was excruciating," he said.
According to News24, the suspects were apprehended on November 12th, 2019 after an operation involving the Department of Employment and Labour's inspection and compliance services division in Gauteng, the police, the Department of Home Affairs, and the Hawks.
From April 2017 to April 2019, the accused reportedly trafficked illegal immigrants into South Africa and forced them to work. In the factory, ninety-one Malawians, including girls, were reportedly discovered.
The trial is still ongoing.
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