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Chinese ivory accused must wait for bail

2011-12-29 20:05

Cape Town - A case against two Chinese nationals accused of illegally possessing ivory was postponed to January 10 by the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday for a bail application.

Magistrate Jasthree Steyn also moved the case against Xing Xieny, 51, and Xiong Changsen, 41, to Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court, which specialises in matters of this nature.

The two, whose family members had waited in the corridors outside the court, have appointed a private lawyer to represent them.

The men were arrested after the Hawks received information from the public about a foul smell emanating from a luxury house and "strange activities" in a parking lot.

When the police investigated they found people cutting elephant tusks into small pieces - apparently to make jewellery.

When they appeared last week Xieny had refused to give his fingerprints to the police because he wanted to plead not guilty.

Xieny's refusal meant that the State was unable to determine whether he is in the country legally.

The wildlife trade monitoring organisation Traffic has meanwhile declared 2011 "annus horribilis" for African elephants.

It said 2011 had seen a record number of large ivory seizures globally, reflecting the sharp rise in the illegal ivory trade.

"Although official confirmation of the volume of ivory involved in some cases has not yet been registered, what is clear is the dramatic increase in the number of large-scale seizures over 800 kg in weight that have taken place in 2011 - at least 13 of them," Traffic spokesperson Richard Thomas said.

This compared to six large seizures in 2010, whose total weight was under 10 tonnes.

"A conservative estimate of the weight of ivory seized in the 13 largest seizures in 2011 puts the figure at more than 23 tonnes, a figure that probably represents some 2 500 elephants, possibly more," Thomas said.

Comments
  • Kate - 2011-12-29 20:33

    Lethal injection is a good sentence. Our wildlife are not safe anymore.

      Mfudzi - 2011-12-30 08:41

      listen kate, your decision to scrap the death penalty is non of china's business. be principled like other countries and stand your ground against crime, not to retaliate in a vindictive manner only because one of your own has received the ultimate price for crime, mfudzi.

      nasheenar - 2011-12-30 08:50

      Absolutely, they come into our country kill our animals and bail is an option. Janice Brown Linden wasnt given half a any chance of survival leave alone bail.Yes we understand she broke the law but did the crime fit the punishment?? The Chinese seem to have far too many rights in SA and far to much say in this country. Hang them and send them back home in a brown cardboard box. Not that I think they would feel anything for their own. I do recall an incident where a little 2year old was left in the street to get ridden over ... many times. Very cruel nation to humans and animals.

      Rali - 2011-12-30 10:21

      brown box let it be their trip home

  • Anthony - 2011-12-29 20:34

    hey zuma let,s send them back to China in a little brown box! the way they send your people back to us, hey what you say?

      Mfudzi - 2011-12-30 08:45

      antony my man, lets stick to constitutionality. don,t be emotional. in any criminal case, a person can only be tried in terms of the constitution, remember.

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-29 20:47

    If the Chinese can execute our own for drug trafficking, then we should do the same with the Chinese...tit for tat.

      Mfudzi - 2011-12-30 08:48

      i say, the constitution says "thou shall not kill," finish and klaar.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-29 20:57

    Give me a killer syringe, I want to finish him up!

      Mfudzi - 2011-12-30 08:51

      do not be quick then to blame politicians when they disregard the constitution.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-29 20:57

    Give me a killer syringe, I want to finish him up!

  • Steyn - 2011-12-29 20:57

    So glad we're vastly in agreement here - let the law roast them.

      Mfudzi - 2011-12-30 08:53

      you are the man of the moment, steyn. hats off to u.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2011-12-30 00:18

    Lets see South African's pitch up to support the elephants at the court on the tenth. South Africa needs to wake up, on our wildlife issue, there is no excuse, every good person must decide to do something at least one thing to improve the wildlife situation in South Africa. This is a topic that we all can agree on and it is time we just do it, do something, and do it now.

  • MartenĂ© Brits - 2011-12-30 06:21

    janice linden got the death penalty in china so why doesnt our government reinstate the death penalty here?and let these smugglers who are destroying our wildlife die?dont they deserve the death penalty?how humane were they towards janice?

  • MartenĂ© Brits - 2011-12-30 06:22

    janice linden got the death penalty in china so why doesnt our government reinstate the death penalty here?and let these smugglers who are destroying our wildlife die?dont they deserve the death penalty?how humane were they towards janice?

      Mfudzi - 2011-12-30 08:56

      remember that even if the death penalty were to be re-instated, it would not operate in retrospect. it would then wait for you to commit a crime punishable by death, then boom, you are history.

  • Wimpie - 2011-12-30 07:30

    Lethal Injection

  • renejupp - 2011-12-30 13:26

    Cut their horns off...

  • Alva - 2011-12-30 17:19

    Lock them up for life! Home Affairs not doing their jobs by allowing all sorts of sh#t into this country. Citizens from countries known to poach for ivory and rhino horn should be strip searched, anally probed on every entrance to and exit from RSA. That should sort them out!

      Kobus - 2011-12-31 21:48

      Corrupt officials of home affairs should be punished for their actions.

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