ZAlebs Who Have Spoken Out About Human Trafficking

May many more find their voices

By  | Sep 23, 2020, 10:41 PM  | Busiswa Gqulu  | Top of The

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Human trafficking has been the talk of the town for the past few weeks, with many South Africans sharing their harrowing stories about attempted kidnappings and missing friends. It is quite surprising that a few celebrities have commented or even acknowledged this nationwide issue.

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Busiswa recently joined other celebs in condemning the violence that is being meted against women in the country at the hands of men. She was clearly stressed at the fact that women can't live freely in their own country because of violent men who are determined to make their lives difficult.

"Don’t park in the underground parking. Don’t go to job interviews. Don’t jog alone. Don’t walk, EVER. Don’t take an Uber or Taxify. Don't ride a taxi or walk at the rank. Don’t go to the police station. Don’t groove without groups. You want to be a woman in South Africa? Just DONT."

Lerato Kganyago

In a series of Tweets, the media personality gave her followers some advice they could use when on a night out to avoid being kidnapped. Lerato advised women to protect each other.

"Take care of yourselves, let someone know of your whereabouts. When you request for an Uber/Taxify take a screen shot of the drivers details, the plates included. If seated at the back insure the doors don’t have child lock. Otherwise sit in the front where you are more visible.

"Ladies on a night out!!! ALWAYS leave in a group. Have fun but drink RESPONSIBLY. DO NOT TAKE DRINKS from strangers! FYI,  SOME bar tenders are paid to spike your drinks. If you can, rather buy a sealed drink and open it up yourselves...Buy a bottle of water and THOROUGHLY RINSE the glasses yourselves.... especially in a night club!" she advised."

L'vovo Derango

The Durban-based artist has been one of the most vocal celebrity when it comes to issues that are affecting the nation, in a Twitter thread, he voiced his concerns.

"Good morning South Africa. Time for action has arrived, tweets are great but we need to start acting. All our problems can be fixed if we just unite and tackle them together. We are all we got, not politicians will save u, no pastor or anyone besides US! WE WILL WIN!!!

"How do all these trafficked people leave the country? No passports or Visas. Do u realize that we are dealing with a much more organized syndicate than we thought?" he questioned."

Pearl Shongwe

The radio and TV personality's nephew escaped a near-kidnapping experience, by sheer luck and intervention by community members he managed to escape.

"A thread of how my nephew survived an attempted kidnapping this afternoon. He was walking home from my moms shop (500m/less). A man walked passed him, (in a hurry). He dropped a roll of cash, my nephew (“N”)saw it & called after to tell him he’d just dropped his money."

Rami Chuene

After Bheki Cele went on national television to deny that the country is facing a human trafficking pandemic, a lot of citizens were unhappy about the absolute denial. Rami Chuene, who is always vocal about issues affecting women in particular, shared her disappointment in the Police Minister.

"Ndosi should have gracefully declined to return as police minister. He’s drowning. The lack of action on #GBV issues, human trafficking, etc. portray him as one who’s lost touch with the protection of the country and its citizens."

It's very promising that our ZAlebs can finally be a voice for the voiceless, we hope many more decide to add their voice towards the fight against human trafficking.

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