“Trafficked’ Ethiopians die in Bulawayo taxi crash en route to SA

A GROUP  of 22 Ethiopians, who were allegedly being “trafficked” to SA, were involved in a serious vehicle accident, in which two of them died  in  Bulawayo, south of Zim on Tuesday.

Nineteen were injured when their taxi crashed, with Zim police saying they suspect the 22 were being trafficked to SA.

Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said: “We are conducting investigations on their presence in the country.”

One of the deceased is a  Zimbabwean taxi crew member, while several of the injured Ethiopians are in a serious condition and are in hospital in Bulawayo.

So far police have not established how the Ethiopians entered Zim, but  it is believed that they were on their way to Bulawayo, where they would  be picked up  by a SA registered vehicle for the last  leg of their journey across the border.

Police are investigating information that the  taxi driver, who is Zimbabwean was paid about R4 000 to transport the Ethiopians to Bulawayo.  – ANA