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11 March 2020

So. Africa: Alleged human traffickers to get judgement on bail application

Author: The Citizen (South Africa)

‘Chinese human trafficking accused to hear bail fate in 2 weeks’ 4 March 2020

Chinese nationals who were arrested for human trafficking will hear the fate of their bail application in two weeks’ time, in a case where they stand accused of trafficking 91 Malawians, including 37 children. Kevin Tsao, Chen Hui, Qin Li, Jiaqing Zhou, Ma Biao, Dai Junying, and Zhang Zhilian appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. The accused were allegedly operating a factory called Beautiful City Pty Ltd in Village Deep in Johannesburg before they were arrested on 12 November 2019. A joint operation by the Department of Employment and Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch in Gauteng, the police, the Department of Home Affairs and the Hawks led to the arrests. Ninety-one Malawian nationals were found in the factory, including 37 children.

The Department of Employment and Labour has also submitted a statement to court requesting that charges involving the alleged contravention of labour laws be added. The department is demanding R7 million from the accused for allegedly violating the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, contravening the Unemployment Insurance Act and the Unemployment Insurance Contribution Act, as well as contravening the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the National Minimum Wage Act. Molwana is expected to deliver judgment in the bail hearing on 20 March.

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Author: The Citizen (South Africa)

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因涉嫌贩运人口而被捕的中国公民将在两周后获知保释申请的结果,他们被指控贩运91名马拉维人,其中包括37名儿童。曹某、陈某、秦某、周某、马某、戴某和张某本周二在约翰内斯堡地方法院出庭。据称,这些被告在2019年11月12日被捕之前在约翰内斯堡深村(Village Deep)经营一家名为Beautiful City Pty Ltd的工厂。就业和劳工部检查与执法服务部(IES)豪登省分部,警察,内政部和老鹰队联合执法拘捕了他们。在工厂发现了91名马拉维人,其中包括37名儿童。

就业和劳工部还向法院提交了一份声明,要求增加涉嫌违反劳动法的指控。该部门指控被告违反《职业伤害和疾病赔偿法》《失业保险法》和《失业保险缴款法》,以及《职业健康与安全法》《就业基本条件法》《国家最低工资法》,并要求被告赔偿700万兰特。预计Molwana将在3月20日的保释听证会上作出判决。

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因涉嫌贩运人口而被捕的中国公民将在两周后获知保释申请的结果,他们被指控贩运91名马拉维人,其中包括37名儿童。曹某、陈某、秦某、周某、马某、戴某和张某本周二在约翰内斯堡地方法院出庭。据称,这些被告在2019年11月12日被捕之前在约翰内斯堡深村(Village Deep)经营一家名为Beautiful City Pty Ltd的工厂。就业和劳工部检查与执法服务部(IES)豪登省分部,警察,内政部和老鹰队联合执法拘捕了他们。在工厂发现了91名马拉维人,其中包括37名儿童。

就业和劳工部还向法院提交了一份声明,要求增加涉嫌违反劳动法的指控。该部门指控被告违反《职业伤害和疾病赔偿法》《失业保险法》和《失业保险缴款法》,以及《职业健康与安全法》《就业基本条件法》《国家最低工资法》,并要求被告赔偿700万兰特。预计Molwana将在3月20日的保释听证会上作出判决。

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Author: 南非就业与劳工部

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“就業和勞工因涉嫌販運人口和違反勞工法而被捕” 2019年11月21日

七名中國人和台灣人因涉嫌販運人口和違反勞動法而被捕,還被拘留。上週因涉嫌經營一家販運非法移民並使他們遭受強迫勞動的工廠而被捕的七名中國和台灣人… 在約翰內斯堡地方法院開庭。 11月12日,在Gauteng省就業和勞工部檢查和執法服務部(Department of Employment and Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services)以及南非警察局和Hawks分部的聯合行動中,逮捕了這四男三女。逮捕之前有一條小報,指稱中國和台灣國民涉嫌販運非法移民並使他們遭受強迫勞動。

…該部在位於約翰內斯堡Village Deep的一家名為Beautiful City Pty Ltd的公司的聯合行動中發現該工廠僱用了未成年兒童,並且雇主違反了一系列勞動法規,包括國家最低工資,職業健康和安全法案和就業基本條件法案。該部門的審計發現,突襲期間有91名工人受僱於工廠。

…“雇主不僅違反了失業保險法和失業保險繳費法,而且由於無視南非共和國憲法第27條中保障僱員享有社會保障權的規定,進一步剝削弱勢群體。” 倡議者Msiza說。

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“就业和劳工因涉嫌贩运人口和违反劳工法而被捕” 2019年11月21日

七名中国人和台湾人因涉嫌贩运人口和违反劳动法而被捕,还被拘留。上周因涉嫌经营一家贩运非法移民并使他们遭受强迫劳动的工厂而被捕的七名中国和台湾人… 在约翰内斯堡地方法院开庭。 11月12日,在Gauteng省就业和劳工部检查和执法服务部(Department of Employment and Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services)以及南非警察局和Hawks分部的联合行动中,逮捕了这四男三女。逮捕之前有一条小报,指称中国和台湾国民涉嫌贩运非法移民并使他们遭受强迫劳动。

…该部在位于约翰内斯堡Village Deep的一家名为Beautiful City Pty Ltd的公司的联合行动中发现该工厂雇用了未成年儿童,并且雇主违反了一系列劳动法规,包括国家最低工资,职业健康和安全法案和就业基本条件法案。该部门的审计发现,突袭期间有91名工人受雇于工厂。

…“雇主不仅违反了失业保险法和失业保险缴费法,而且由于无视南非共和国宪法第27条中保障雇员享有社会保障权的规定,进一步剝削弱势群体。” 倡议者Msiza说。

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26 November 2019

So. Africa: Seven suspects appear in court for trafficking of illegal immigrants, forced labour & child labour

Author: Department of Employment and Labour (South Africaa)

‘Employment and Labour on arrests for alleged human trafficking and violation of labour laws’ 21 November 2019

Seven ChInese and Taiwanese nationals busted for alleged human trafficking and violation of labour laws remanded in custody The seven Chinese and Taiwanese nationals who were busted last week for operating a factory allegedly involved in the trafficking of illegal immigrants and subjecting them to forced labour appeared today (November 21) in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court.  The four males and three females were arrested on November 12  in a joint operation by the Department of Employment and Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) in Gauteng together with the South African Police Services (SAPS), and the Hawks Unit. The arrests followed a tip-off  that the Chinese and Taiwanese nationals were allegedly involved in the trafficking of illegal immigrants and subjecting them to forced labour.

…The Department’s joint operation at the premises of a company called Beautiful City Pty Ltd located at Village Deep in Johannesburg found minor children employed at the factory, and that the employer was violating the suite of labour legislation ranging from National Minimum Wage, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and Basic Conditions of Employment Act. An audit by the Department found that there were 91 workers employed at the factory during the raid.

…“The employer has not only contravened the Unemployment Insurance Act and Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, but has further spat in the face of the vulnerable by disregarding Section 27 of the Constitution of Republic of South Africa that guarantees employees the right to social security,” said Advocate Msiza.

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19 November 2019

So.Africa: Authorities uncover illegally-run factory using child labour and forced labour

Author: Naledi Shange, Sunday Times (South Africa)

‘Joburg factory bust for employing children and illegal immigrants under 'horrific' conditions’ 16 November 2019

The Hawks and the labour department this week uncovered an illegally-run Chinese factory in Johannesburg which not only employed children and illegal immigrants, but also subjected them to extremely cheap and forced labour. In a statement posted on the government’s website, the labour department’s chief inspector in Gauteng, Adv Michael Msiza said his inspectors who were there during the bust “expressed shock and disgust” as this was “the most grim site they have ever come across”. He likened the operation to “modern-day slavery”, saying it would not be tolerated in SA.

“Such barbaric acts have no place in our democratic state that upholds and promotes freedom, equality and human dignity. There is no human dignity in locking in employees and violating their rights in employment, including a right to earn a minimum wage and to be covered regarding social security,” Msiza said. The group of illegal immigrants from Malawi is said to have been locked up behind high steel gates at premises known as “Beautiful City” in Village Deep. The workers had limited movement, were expected to work seven days a week, with earnings of R65 a day.

…The factory specialised in creating the inner cotton of blankets using recycled clothing. “Inspectors found minor children, who are alleged to be around the age of 15,” read the statement from the labour department. “The employer was [allegedly] violating the suite of labour legislation ranging from the National Minimum Wage, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and Basic Conditions of Employment Act,” said the department. “[On] request to go on leave, they are informed to never come back. Employees lived on the premises in uninhabitable conditions. The employer failed to provide employees with information concerning remuneration and they do not have contracts,” the department added.

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“约堡工厂因在“恶劣”条件下雇用儿童和非法移民而被捣破“,2019年11月16日

鹰队和劳工部门本周在约翰内斯堡发现了一家非法经营的中国工厂,该工厂不仅雇用儿童和非法移民,还迫使他们提供极其廉价和强迫的劳动。在政府网站上发布的一份声明中,豪登省(Gauteng)劳动部门的首席检查员迈克尔·米萨(Adv Michael Msiza)说,捣破期间在场的检查员“感到震惊和厌恶”,因为这是“他们遇过最严峻的现场”。他将这次行动比作“现代奴隶制”,并说南非不会容忍这种行动。

“这种野蛮行为在我们这个维护和促进自由、平等和尊严的民主国家中不能存在。锁住员工并侵犯他们的就业权利,包括获得最低工资和获得社会保障的权利,使他们失去人的尊严。据说,来自马拉维的一群非法移民被关在深村(Village Deep)名为“美丽城市”的高铁门后面。工人的活动受限,预计每周工作7天,每天可赚取65南非蘭特。

…该工厂专门使用回收衣服来制作毯子的内部棉布。劳工部的声明说:“检查员发现未成年人士,据称年龄在15岁左右。”该部门表示:“雇主[据称]违反了一系列劳动法规,包括《全国最低工资法》,《职业健康与安全法》和《就业基本条件法》。” “ 申请请假时,他们被告知不用在回来。员工在不能居住的环境中居住。雇主没有向雇员提供有关薪酬的信息,他们没有合同。”

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“約堡工廠因在“惡劣”條件下僱用兒童和非法移民而被搗破“,2019年11月16日

鷹隊和勞工部門本週在約翰內斯堡發現了一家非法經營的中國工廠,該工廠不僅僱用兒童和非法移民,還迫使他們提供極其廉價和強迫的勞動。在政府網站上發布的一份聲明中,豪登省(Gauteng)勞動部門的首席檢查員邁克爾·米薩(Adv Michael Msiza)說,搗破期間在場的檢查員“感到震驚和厭惡”,因為這是“他們遇過最嚴峻的現場”。他將這次行動比作“現代奴隸制”,並說南非不會容忍這種行動。

“這種野蠻行為在我們這個維護和促進自由、平等和尊嚴的民主國家中不能存在。鎖住員工並侵犯他們的就業權利,包括獲得最低工資和獲得社會保障的權利,使他們失去人的尊嚴。據說,來自馬拉維的一群非法移民被關在深村(Village Deep)名為“美麗城市”的高鐵門後面。工人的活動受限,預計每週工作7天,每天可賺取65南非蘭特。

…該工廠專門使用回收衣服來製作毯子的內部棉布。勞工部的聲明說:“檢查員發現未成年人士,據稱年齡在15歲左右。”該部門表示:“雇主[據稱]違反了一系列勞動法規,包括《全國最低工資法》,《職業健康與安全法》和《就業基本條件法》。” “ 申請請假時,他們被告知不用在回來。員工在不能居住的環境中居住。雇主沒有向僱員提供有關薪酬的信息,他們沒有合同。”

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