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“This Illegal Immigrants Are Criminals That Escaped Zim To SA” - 51 Arrested In South Africa Today

China, Zimbabwe, Malawi, a factory operated by the Chinese, Alberton, Ekurhuleni, and Gauteng; illegal migrants; the Department of Home Affairs; conditions that resemble slavery. Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of the Presidency.


Gauteng: 51 illegal migrants were rescued from a factory in China where they were being held as slaves. 

After being rescued from a Chinese-owned plastic plant where they were working under'slave-like' conditions, more than fifty illegal workers were taken into custody and imprisoned. 


An investigation has been launched into the arrest of fifty-one illegal immigrants who were rescued from a factory making plastic in the province of Gauteng. A charge of violating the South African Immigration Act has been brought against each individual. 


HOW DID THE ARRESTS HAPPEN? 


On June 20th, inspectors from the Department of Home Affairs went to a factory in the Alberton area of Ekurhuleni. A person who blew the whistle gave the information that led to this discovery. The security personnel did not let the inspectorate to enter the building. 


The Department of Home Affairs was in charge of the law enforcement action that took place at the factory that was owned by China. It is reported that "workers" were kept in conditions akin to those of slaves at the location in question. 


On Wednesday, June 22, the inspectorate, along with the police, the Department of Employment and Labour, Ekurhuleni Metro, and private security, went back to the factory. 


WHERE DO THE IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE NOT AUTHORIZED COME FROM? 


Following the return, 51 illegal migrants from China, Zimbabwe, and Malawi were detained for immigration violations. Allegedly, these people had no choice but to eat, work, and even sleep within the confines of the factory that was owned by the Chinese. 


"The 51 were forced to labor and live in conditions that were deplorable and beyond comprehension in a factory that was controlled by a Chinese national,"


that's what the department said. 

Additionally, the manager of the factory was taken into custody. On June 23, she and the other 51 illegal migrants made their initial court appearance before the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court. Every single one of them has been charged with violating the Immigration Act. 


It was reported that the factory's owner was not in South Africa at the time. The authorities are looking into the possibility of a person being sold into slavery. 


Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Home Affairs, issued a statement in which he condemned the exploitation and abuse of any human being, especially illegal immigration. 


According to TimesLIVE, he also issued a warning to business owners, saying that if they treated their staff in a "atrocious and barbaric" manner, they would be subject to the full wrath of the law in Mzansi. 


"I would like to thank members of the public who continue to provide information that leads to the arrests of these corrupt syndicates and unscrupulous employers who break our laws," the mayor said. "It is because of this information that we have been able to bring these individuals to justice."

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/51-illegal-migrants-arrested-after-rescue-from-chinese-owned-factory-aaron-motsoaledi-condemns-incident/

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