KZN woman sentenced for attempted child trafficking

KZN woman sentenced for attempted child trafficking

A KZN woman has been handed a 20-year prison sentence for attempting to traffic an albino child in the Manguzi area in northern KZN.


The Ingwavuma Regional Court sentenced the 34-year-old woman after it heard how she approached a traditional healer and told him that she could arrange an 11-year-old albino child from her neighbourhood.


The woman wanted the healer to use the child for traditional medicine and R100 000 in return.


The healer James Mthembu reported the matter to the police. 


NPA KZN spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara says the court also declared the woman unfit to possess a firearm. 

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"We hope this sentence addresses the myth of killing people living with albinism for the purpose of traditional medicines. 


"This is a criminal offence and we view it in a very serious light. This case also highlights the basic human right to life; nobody should be denied that right." 


"The NPA in KZN is currently engaging with traditional leadership in the uMkhanyakude district on various community issues, including human trafficking. We will continue to fight for justice for vulnerable groups and victims of crime."

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