JOHANESSBURG- Bathabile Dlamini, South Africa’s Social development minster confirmed on Thursday that her department will be assisted with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to bring back eight children who were smuggled to South Africa in November 2017.
Spokesperson Bathembu Futshane for the department said they are, “prepared to receive the eight unaccompanied minors at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare and will be placed in places of safety in Harare while documentation, tracing and reunification efforts are underway”.
“The Department of Social Development has been working with the Department of Home Affairs for the safe return to Zimbabwe of the children,
“To this date, the children have not been sent back to Zimbabwe,” the affidavit reads.
One of the parents said in an affidavit earlier this month, demanded that their children be sent back to Zimbabwe, “As a parent, it is my right to demand to be reunited with my child immediately.”
Minister Dlamini commented about this, “To this end, the minister of social development is working tirelessly with the Department of Home Affairs to make sure that the children are transferred into the care and protection of the Zimbabwean government as per the provision of the MOU as well as regional and international treaties, including the African Charter on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to which South Africa is a signatory,”
The eight children were rescued after a truck they were travelling was stopped, as it was believed they were to visit their parents in South Africa, illegally.
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