Harshest Human Trafficking Sentence in South Africa

Child SlaveryHuman TraffickingLaw & PolicyVictories

In 2014 a judgment in South Africa sent Lloyd Mabuza, a wealthy timber businessman, to prison for eight life sentences, and on Thursday, a Pretoria High Court dismissed Mabuza’s appeal to overturn the conviction.

“The landmark sentence was the harshest sentence ever handed down for human trafficking in South Africa and marked the culmination of a two-year long trial that highlighted the sordid side of cross-border human trafficking of underage Mozambican nationals for sexual exploitation. Described as a sexual predator who preyed on and abused underage girls, Mabuza, 65, of White River, was found guilty on multiple counts of rape, human trafficking and sexual slavery, and sentenced in to eight life terms November 2014. Monica Nyuswa, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga DPP, said Mabuza had noted an appeal only in respect of his conviction, and the dismissal thereof by the High Court on Thursday “means that he would serve his eight life terms in prison”. [News 24]”

Five girls, from 10 to 16 years of age, testified that they had been mislead by a Mozambican woman who convinced them that they would have more opportunities and better education in South Africa. They gave vivid details of Mabuza’s bedroom where they were raped and threatened.

Chip in and help end modern slavery once and for all.

Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments