Nigerian accused of human trafficking, sexual slavery lived in SA without permission for 19 years


In his statement in support of bail, Okafor said he was planning to marry his girlfriend SA and had a child to care for.

He said he had no history of violence, no intention to look for the woman who reported sexual trafficking and only a prior drug-related conviction.

At the witness stand, speaking through an Ibo translator, Okafor was asked to explain why he did not have a valid permit to apply for asylum, although he had asked for one when he entered South Africa in 2006 and again in 2013.

Okafor said his first request was rejected and his second still pending. His lawyer, Bongani Mngeni, called for a delay so that the confusion over the second permit could be clarified with internal matters.

Mngeni also asked the magistrate to move the accused to a different police station so that Lebogang could receive better treatment for his tuberculosis. The request was denied and the bail request was postponed until April 23.

The state is on opposing bail. Okafor and Lebogang have been in custody since March 28.


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