Twenty-six people, including suspected victims of human trafficking, have been arrested at Mooketsi outside Tzaneen in South Africa.

Police spokesperson Hlulani Mashaba confirmed the arrests, revealing that, one suspect believed to be the driver of a minibus taxi transporting undocumented foreign nationals, managed to escape capture, using a get-away vehicle.

Mashaba disclosed that a substantial amount of cash and multiple cross-border permits were seized from a separate vehicle that had arrived at the Bolobedu police station, demanding the release of one of the suspects under the guise of him being a hitchhiker.

The spokesperson stated that all the suspects, including the undocumented foreign nationals, will face charges related to human trafficking, money laundering and illegal residence in the country.