A man was caught transporting 17 children in a Mazda hatchback sedan without a licence in Khayelitsha on Friday, the City of Cape Town said.

The 20-year-old driver had picked them up from their homes and was taking them to a crèche at a nearby military base.

The children were between the ages of two and five. Three of them were on the front seat and the rest were in back of the car, with the seats lowered.

The car was impounded after being deemed unroadworthy. The man would face charges overloading a vehicle and driving without a permit. -