Report claims Ethiopian man is smuggling illegals

Lesotho claims an Ethiopian is smuggling illegal immigrants into South Africa - but he denies it.

A confidential Lesotho government report has painted a lurid picture of a secret network - headed by a wanted Ethiopian - which is allegedly smuggling illegal Chinese, Ethiopians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis through Lesotho into South Africa.

The report, written by a former Lesotho government secretary, Tlohang Sekhamane, in March last year, also claims that "there is not a scintilla of doubt" that the network has paid off powerful and well-placed figures in the Lesotho and South African governments.

However, the Ethiopian allegedly running the scam, 34-year-old Eyob Asemie, strongly denies the accusations, claiming that he is being punished for blowing the whistle on other human-trafficking scams.

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