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Lamola partners with UNODC to donate computers and forewarn learners about human trafficking

29 July 2022

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Southern Africa, will handover eleven computers to Mphaphuli Secondary School in Sibasa, Thohoyandou on Monday, 01 August 2022.

Mphaphuli Secondary School has a rich history in South Africa with President Cyril Ramaphosa having matriculated at the school in 1971. He was the Head of Student Christian Movement.

Minister Lamola and the UNODC will also be commemorating the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons under the theme: “Use and abuse of technology.” The theme focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can both enable and impede human trafficking.

Internet and digital platforms offer traffickers numerous tools to recruit, exploit, and control victims; organize their transport and accommodation; advertise victims and reach out to potential clients; communicate among perpetrators; and hide criminal proceeds, and all that with greater speed, cost-effectiveness and anonymity.

Traffickers use social media to identify, groom and recruit victims, including children. Emails and messaging services are used for the moral coercion of the victims; and online platforms allow traffickers to widely advertise services provided by victims, including child photographical material.

Minister Lamola and the Head of UDNC in the SADC Region, Dr Jane Marie Ongolo and Limpopo MEC for Education, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya, will share with learners; stakeholders and members of the community; the dangers of human trafficking and educate them that in the use of technology, lies great responsibility.

This initiative further affirms a commitment by Government to work with all stakeholders to eradicate human trafficking. Parolees will be on-site cleaning and helping with minor renovations such as painting. The school further boasts of a vegetable garden, an initiative realised through offender labour by the Department of Correctional Services.

Members of media are invited to the handover of the computers and commemoration of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons as follows:
Date: Monday, 01 August 2022
Venue: Mphaphuli Secondary School
Time: 12h00

Prior to the activities at the school, Minister Lamola will engage with students at the University of Venda starting at 10h00 on access to justice for all. Departments under the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services, University of Venda and the UNODC, will also explore possible areas of cooperation.

Media Confirmations: Sechaba Mphahlele - 083 290 995

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Mr. Chrispin Phiri
081 781 2261

Issued by the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services