Man held for ivory in Cape Town

2012-03-01 10:31

Cape Town - A Chinese man has been arrested in Cape Town for possessing ivory and elephant tusks, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

Liutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said the man was arrested at his business in Spearhead office park, Montague Gardens, on Wednesday evening.

He said the consignment was first discovered by the SA Revenue Service (Sars) during a routine inspection at a courier company.

It was then delivered to the office park as part of an undercover operation by the Hawks, Sars and nature conservation officials.

There, they discovered more ivory products, elephant tusks and a cutting machine.

  • Garth - 2012-03-01 10:53

    So what is going to happen now? The useless, worthless anc takes 2 steps backwards, away from their amoral chinese partners and the investigation stalls in mid air, then crashes with minimal casualties.

  • Robin - 2012-03-01 11:01

    Now who would have thought the Chinese were behind this???? We all know they are behind every poaching and eco-pirating scam in the world today.

  • Zee - 2012-03-01 11:04

    Always frickin Chinese!!!!! They are behind the rhino killings as well!! Just shoot them all!!!! Also please dont support any of their shops. (China Town)

      Marion - 2012-03-01 13:00

      @Zee - Think the idea about boycotting Chines shops (and products) is a brilliant one. Only problem is, when it comes to the products everything seems to be made in China these day.

      Zee - 2012-03-01 15:30

      I know Marion, they always say "buy South African". Problem is, you dont find products / items made in SA. All are made in china....

  • Debbi - 2012-03-01 11:52

    Cut off his "tusk"!

  • lynda.madden1 - 2012-03-01 13:46

    It's time to stand up for our elephant and rhino population. Boycott anything Chinese - read your labels and stop buying anything that says "made in China". That way we can also start supporting local business and help to build the economy.

  • Craig - 2012-03-01 14:53

    find the king pins and jail them

  • Rosalind - 2012-03-06 10:24

    Okay so what now? R1m is probably small change in the bigger picture to this ching. Why not imprison him and get him to lead the law to the kingpins. Prison is a nasty place and he's bound to talk if his life is uncomfortable but now that he's out, he's probably rallying up more support which will lead to more rhino poachings. Every crime starts at a source. Eliminate the source. The poaching isn't likely to stop if we are realsing the culprits on bail now, is it. Duh!

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