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Man killed by elephant may have been cigarette smuggler

2014-08-26 12:47

Johannesburg - A man trampled to death by an elephant in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site in Limpopo may have been part of an illegal cigarette smuggling syndicate.

Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that police are investigating the case.

A SA National Parks (SANParks) official told EWN that a number of people have been seen trespassing in the park, and others trading in illegal cigarettes have passed through the park.

The park is on the border of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

On Monday, it was reported that the man was found with a Zimbabwean passport and cellphone in his possession.

Rangers believed he had been with a group of people because a number of footprints were visible in the vicinity.

Earlier this year it was reported that one in three cigarettes smoked in the country each day is illegal. Since 2010, the government has lost more than R18bn in taxes due to the illicit cigarette trade.

About 38% of these illegal cigarettes are smuggled into the country from Zimbabwe, while the rest are manufactured locally.

Comments
  • Joe Wiper - 2014-08-26 12:52

    Elephants, killing stompies,

      carmen.tatumm - 2014-08-26 13:03

      Hahahahahahah

      Adrian Bruwer - 2014-08-26 13:04

      Jungle justice

      Gary Guy - 2014-08-26 13:56

      Since the police can't to do it, looks like we will have to rely on the elephants to stamp out crime in South Africa.

      Trevor Myburgh - 2014-08-26 14:44

      Hope he wasn't thick skinned. I think we should employ that Elephant for my neighbour hood. Wonder if he would take a bells.......

      paul.d.murison - 2014-08-26 16:34

      Hahahahahaahaha....

  • Mac Naidoo - 2014-08-26 12:52

    If hewas then he deserved to be trampled

      carmen.tatumm - 2014-08-26 13:04

      lol

  • Gratitude Ncube - 2014-08-26 13:07

    ironically no cigarettes found on him? only passport en phone ?

      Stanford Mbizo - 2014-08-26 15:27

      elephant ate the cigarettes.

  • Åbshir Fire Øgle Ål-bäsrå - 2014-08-26 13:10

    Nationalist Elephant!

  • vernon - 2014-08-26 13:14

    I keep telling you those smokes are going to kill you.

  • Joe Smit - 2014-08-26 13:15

    Smoking was always bad for your health..

      joe.smit.549 - 2014-08-26 15:56

      Who's the clown who gave me one down...

  • Havalarf Allday - 2014-08-26 13:20

    Smuggling cigarettes was clearly a mammoth task for this dude.

  • Stephanus de Bruin - 2014-08-26 13:21

    Racist elephant!!!??

  • Kathy Burger Hellyar - 2014-08-26 13:25

    Good ellie. :-)

  • Deon Barnard - 2014-08-26 13:33

    Elephants working for SARS now.

  • Deon Louw - 2014-08-26 13:33

    People that uses Parks to cross into SA is not very bright.

  • Jamill Ahmed - 2014-08-26 13:48

    Good

  • Lima - 2014-08-26 13:49

    Take that!!

  • Tawizee - 2014-08-26 13:53

    (illegal) smoking does indeed kill.

  • Nathi Dlomo - 2014-08-26 13:54

    Whatever happens they musn't kill this elephant. I think we need more elephants like this. Heck they could take over our border patrols and would probably perform a much more commendable job than the SANDF, SAPS and Home Affairs put together.

  • Sarel Von Ploes - 2014-08-26 14:05

    give that elephant a marula tree

  • Kitty Frey Hopkins - 2014-08-26 14:17

    There goes JuJu's tax money!

  • carmen.tatumm - 2014-08-26 14:27

    The peoples comments is hilarious!! My tummy is so sore you all made my Tuesday

  • Johan Nothnagel - 2014-08-26 14:39

    I believe the elephant is a "Non Smoker" ? .....

  • Sue Richardson Byron-Moore - 2014-08-26 14:45

    Elephants 1 Smugglers/criminals -1 !!

  • Sue Richardson Byron-Moore - 2014-08-26 14:46

    Elephants 1 Smugglers/Criminals -1

  • Straighttalker - 2014-08-26 14:46

    Aaaaaaaah contraband contraband, wherefore art thou?? Under the elephants foot you scumbag....lol

  • Stanford Mbizo - 2014-08-26 15:25

    The elephant is tired of smuggled cigarettes.

  • Thembane Colly Hlazboy - 2014-08-26 15:28

    Nothing is legal anyway, the dude died a natural death trying to provide for his family back home.

  • Havalarf Allday - 2014-08-26 15:45

    This poor guy is going to be the butt of some many jokes.

  • Shaun O'Meara - 2014-08-26 16:05

    Good boy. Now stand on a few more.

  • Vanetia Mentor - 2014-08-26 17:32

    Elephant for president

  • Vanetia Mentor - 2014-08-26 17:33

    Load the 9gag app...read that comments lagbol!

  • Helen Eldridge - 2014-08-26 18:20

    Ok so News24 deleted my comment. All I had done was react in total fury to someone who said the elephant must be put down. I was so angry that I suggested a lot of other creatures who should be "put down". It was sarcasm, News 24. Sorry you didn't get that. I gave a list of proposed candidates which you apparently objected to: a pity because I stand by that list.

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