Monday 20 May 2024


A woman who sold her baby in South Africa has been jailed for 10 years by a Harare magistrate.

Pauline Maganga from Gokwe was found guilty of human trafficking.

“The victim is a child in this case and the offender is a parent.  The offence was committed in aggravating circumstances and there were no special circumstances to consider. She had the duty to keep and protect this child but she chose to commodify the child for the purpose of trafficking.

“In this modern world, no person should be sold. We have passed slave trade era. She should have given up the child for adoption in a legal manner if she was really poor,” said Magistrate Lazini Ncube.

Maganga revealed in court that she received a total payment of R25 000 for the baby.  The arrangement was for her to obtain the baby’s birth certificate by October 29 last year, but she did not fulfil this requirement.

This led Marimo to  enter Zimbabwe illegally with the baby and she was arrested in Waterfalls on November 27 following a tip-off. On learning of Marimo’s arrest, Maganga returned to Zimbabwe on December 12.

The child is now under the care of the Department of Social Welfare.


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