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southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has condemned the slavery of human beings at a plastics factory in Alrode, Alberton.

A DHA-led law enforcement operation swooped on the Chinese-owned factory on Monday after receiving information from a whistleblower about the slave-like conditions, but was refused entry by security. DHA spokesperson Siya Qoza said the Home Affairs Inspectorate returned to the factory on Wednesday in a joint law enforcement operation that included other authorities. He reported that they found 51 illegal migrants from Malawi, Zimbabwe and China, who were being forced to work, eat and sleep inside the factory. “The fifty-one were subjected to inhumane and unspeakable working and living conditions in a factory owned by a Chinese national. This operation led to the arrest of these fifty-one illegal migrants,” said Qoza. He added that the manager of the factory, a Chinese national, was also arrested, but the owner of the factory was out of the country. All the suspects appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where they were charged in terms of section 49 of the Immigration Act. Law enforcement officials are also investigating a possible case of human trafficking.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Faizel Patel at The Citizen

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