Man caught trafficking 16 children
Mahikeng - A man was arrested for human trafficking after being caught bringing Zimbabwean children into South Africa on Thursday, North West police said.
Police stopped the 41-year-old Cape Town man in Mahikeng with 16 children, aged between 4 and 16, spokesperson Sergeant Karen Tredoux said in a statement.
Two of the girls and a boy managed to run away. The remaining 13 - five boys and eight girls - were taken to the Mahikeng police station.
The man apparently entered Zimbabwe on Friday, December 9 and returned to SA via Botswana on Thursday. He dropped the children off near the Skilpadshek border post, where they entered SA by crawling through the bush. He then picked them up on the other side of the border and made his way to Mahikeng.
Tredoux would not comment on the man's reasons for bringing the children into the country, saying this was being investigated.
The children were taken to a shelter in Mooinooi. The man was expected to appear in court in Mahikeng on Monday.