SA father, son return to court as bail denied for HUMAN trafficking

A South African father and son were denied bail and are expected to return to court later this month on charges of human trafficking.


Cornelis Johannes Uys, 60 and his son, Cornelis Johannes Albertus Uys, 23, were caught trafficking Mozambican nationals.

On 3 July 2022, the Uys’ were caught with 39 victims on their farm in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga.

The 39 victims were saved during a multidisciplinary operation by members of the Nelspruit-based Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Flying Squad, the Labour Department and the Department of Home Affairs.

These include seven women, nine children under the age of five, and 23 men above the age of 18, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.

The Uys’ returned to the Belfast Magistrate’s Court on 27 July on charges of human trafficking and contravening the Trafficking in Persons Act. The duo was however denied bail.

“The matter is remanded to 22 August 2022 for further investigations. The traffickers remain in custody.”

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi

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Mozambican brothers, Carlos Bernardo Guambe, 34, and Gabriel Bernardo Guambe, 32, were found guilty for working with the Uys’. PHOTO: Hawks

But the Uys’ did not work alone. They were in cahoots with two Mozambican brothers, Carlos Bernardo Guambe, 34, and Gabriel Bernardo Guambe, 32.

During the rescue of the 39 victims by the Hawks, the modus operandi was uncovered.

The victims would be recruited by the brothers from Mozambique and brought into South Africa in a taxi for job opportunities.

From the border, the victims would have to cross illegally by travelling through a river into South Africa. A taxi would be waiting for them on the other side to take them to Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, said Sekgotodi.

“The son of the farm owner and one trafficker allegedly meet with the taxi driver and paid him money in exchange for the victims, who were taken to the farm for labour.”

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi

The Mozambican brothers were found guilty and sentenced last month for contravention of the Immigration Act. They were handed three months in jail or a R5 000 fine each.

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