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An accomplice on a human trafficking saga sentenced for racketeering

Media Statement from Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service


PRETORIA – Natasha Chang (41) appeared Cape Town High Court for sentencing on charges linked to several brothels in Cape Town suburbs, which includes Milnerton, Table View, Big Bay, and Bellville.

Ching was arrested on the 4 August 2017 after she handed herself over at Cape Town Central following the termination of a project driven investigation that saw several traffickers charges of Human Trafficking for sexual exploitation, Money Laundering, kidnapping of a minor, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, living on the proceeds of crime as well as extortion that amounted to approximately R3-million.

This additional payments were extorted between 2012 and 2015 from several clients who used the brothel’s services to ensure that the photos of their sexual encounters would not be posted on social media.

She was the tenth suspect linked to fifty counts of money laundering charges exceeding R2 million on which an additional charge of Racketeering was imposed on her in terms of POCA, for which she was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment wholly suspended for 5 years with stringent conditions.

Furthermore she was placed under Correctional Supervision for 3 years, this includes Community Service of 48 hours a month and participation on Life Skills development and support programs.

Two others, Norman Bridger (34) and Michael D’ Oliveira (41) were convicted following a plea sentence agreement on the 30 September 2019.

Consequently, Norman Bridger was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for racketeering of which 10 years was suspended for 5 years.  He was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment on each count of extortion of which 3 years is suspended for 5 years. 12 years imprisonment for six count of money laundering of which 6 years is suspended for 5 years and 12 months imprisonment for living on the proceeds of crime, suspended for 5 years. All sentences imposed are said to run concurrently

Michael D’ Oliveira was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for Racketeering of which 10 years is suspended for 5 years. 6 years imprisonment for two counts of Money Laundering of which 6 years is suspended for 5 years. He was also ordered to pay a fine of R20 000.

Fereez Allie (37) was found guilty and sentenced to three years imprisonment for assault whilst Achmad Tofa (44) and Babalwa Nozigwaba (39) were acquitted.

Three other suspects Shantel Reyneke-Bridger (47), Juan Francois Warren (41) and Robin Reyneke (30) pleaded guilty on the 6 March 2019 and were sentenced by the same court. Shantel Reyneke-Bridger was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for two counts of racketeering, of which 10 years are suspended with five years with “stringent conditions”. Juan Francios Warren was also convicted for two counts of racketeering and received the same sentence.

Robin Reyneke was also sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for two counts of racketeering, suspended for five years with stringent conditions. Additionally, he was sentenced to pay a fine of R50 000 or face two years of imprisonment. Other sentences imposed on Robin were suspended for five years with stringent conditions.

The case against the remaining accuse, Camilla Amelia de Waal Rossouw (32) will be heard in the same Cape Town High Court on Monday 29 June 2020 for sentencing.



Lt. Colonel Philani Nkwalase
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