Three arrested for possession of elephant tusk

Posted by Ilhaam Bardien on 7 August 2020

Three suspects have been arrested for the possession of an elephant tusk in Gauteng. The arrest was made by the Hawks’ Wildlife Trafficking team, with help from the National Intervention Unit from Pretoria, as they continue ongoing efforts to safeguard South African endangered species and natural resources.

‘The team detained Radius Mncube (29), Mkhululi Ngwenya (52), and Mgcini Mncube (35), in Bramley, Johannesburg, in a sting operation when they were apparently looking for a customer to buy their ill-gotten possession which they had reportedly set a R400 000 price tag to,’ reported SAPS on August 6.

Three arrested for the peddling of elephant tusks

The suspects have been remanded in custody by the Wynberg Magistrate’s court, after a brief appearance on Thursday, August 6 where they faced charges of contravening the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act (NEMBA).

‘Their case has been postponed to 14 August, 2020 for confirmation of their compliance with the Immigration Act and for appointment of their legal representatives,’ said SAPS.

Image: Facebook / SAPS 






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