OSHAKATI, 04 OCT – Human rights practitioner, Phil Ya Nangoloh has said the trafficking in persons is an unbearable crime which concerns the international community.
Ya Nangolo made these remarks whilst testifying on Wednesday as an expert witness in an ongoing bail application hearing of a human trafficking case involving two individuals at Oshakati.
He stated that human traffickers are enemies of all human kind and as such, under no circumstances should a suspect in a case of trafficking in persons be granted bail.
Ya Nangoloh told the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court that although every person is presumed innocent until proved guilty before a competent court of law, the international common law dictates that a suspected human trafficker remain in detention for the trial.
He pointed out that human traffickers threaten the security of the whole public and derogate the freedom of a person, calling it a crime against humanity.
State Prosecutor, Chrisna Masule called in Ya Nangoloh to testify against the bail applications of Sylvia Bonifatius and Jakob van Zyl who are the two suspects in the trafficking in persons case.
Bonifatius, 18, and 32-year-old Van Zyl were arrested last month and charged with human trafficking, following reports of a local 14-year-old learner abducted from Oshakati to Ondangwa, where she was allegedly held in a house.
They are also charged with rape, combating of immoral practices, drugging a female for unlawful carnal intercourse, use of means to stupefy a female for unlawful carnal intercourse and kidnapping.
Their bail applications continue on Thursday, when a local businessman, Sigo Amunyela will be called to also testify against the granting of bail.
Amunyela led a march of school children, teachers and members of the community who protested in front of the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, demanding the two be denied bail.
Bonifatius is represented by Simson Aingura, while Van Zyl is being defended by Pieter Greyling.