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24 undocumented Ethiopians held

Johannesburg - Twenty-four Ethiopian men were taken to Brixton police station after they were found without documentation, the home affairs department said on Friday.

The men were caught in Braamfontein when traffic officers stopped a 16-seater minibus taxi they were travelling in, said spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete.

Immigrants queue in front of a Home Affairs office. Picture: Angus Scholtz. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

Three of the 24 were believed to be minors.

“The driver of the vehicle is in custody, as charges are being finalised.”

Tshwete said the department would investigate whether the men were victims of human trafficking.

“It is the likelihood that they were victims of human trafficking who came to South Africa via Zimbabwe.

“They may be moved to a place of safety as investigations unfold.”

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