Unless the new human trafficking Act - recently approved by President Jacob Zuma - is enforced, it may as well not exist, writes Lusanda Ngcaweni.
Four men accused of trafficking at least three women have appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court, says a report.
Lesotho claims an Ethiopian is smuggling illegal immigrants into South Africa - but he denies it.
Policy documents have outlined the party's plans to crack down on illegitimate asylum seekers.
The ANC Women's League on Tuesday called for bail to be denied to four men charged with trafficking 16 young girls found at a building in Durban's Poi
About 93 Nigerian women and two babies have been rescued from "sex slavery" in Mali, and nine people suspected of human trafficking arrested.
The recent arrest of anti-slavery protesters in Mauritania has highlighted the fact that slavery is not a relic of the past.
African borders are not just dangerous places to be, they are also staggeringly inefficient.
Mozambican newspaper Canalmoz on Wednesday retracted a story about human trafficking at the Komatipoort border.
Mozambican police authorities on Tuesday denied a news report that about 20 trafficked minors had been discovered on the border with South Africa.
Claims exaggerating the danger of human trafficking during the Soccer World Cup have resulted in the sidelining of other important social issues.
Researchers have dismissed fears of a massive rise in human trafficking for the Soccer World Cup, saying NGOs could be trying to win extra resources.
Police in Ermelo thought they had a problem with prostitutes they could solve in the usual way -- arrest the women and get them off the streets.
South Africa is to fast-track a comprehensive new law against human trafficking before the start of the Soccer World Cup.
Swaziland on Tuesday vowed to implement a law against human trafficking.
The United States on Tuesday added six African countries to a blacklist of countries trafficking in people, and put Malaysia back on the list.
Legalising sex work will not stop human trafficking or child abuse, the ACDP Youth Foundation said on Wednesday.
Graca Machel appealed to Mozambique's schools on Saturday to take more action to prevent children being kidnapped and sold into prostitution.
A draft Bill has been submitted to Parliament to enable authorities to prosecute all forms of human trafficking.
There are more than 300 small-vessel launch sites and slipways around South Africa's coastline that are not monitored by police.