Man held with deadly illegal snake

2016-02-12 11:15
(Picture: Supplied)

(Picture: Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - A man has been arrested for the illegal possession of an East African gaboon adder.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the snake had been illegally transported so it could be used to make illegal substances. “The Rapid Response Police Unit (RRPU) received information from the Hawks at Port Shepstone about a man who was in possession of a gaboon adder,” he said.

“It is alleged that the snake is used to manufacture a certain drug.”

Police were unable to clarify which drug could be manufactured from the snake and where the snake was transported from. “The investigator from KZN Wildlife had followed the suspect from Mtubatuba and he was apprehended by RRPU on the N3 near Ntshongweni on Sunday.”

Zwane said the man was arrested for contravening the Biodiversity Act and taken to Hillcrest police station for detention.

“He appeared at Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and the case was remanded to March 2 in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

“The case was transferred to the Pietermaritzburg Stock Theft Unit for further investigation.”

KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife spokesperson Musa Mntambo said that they received information on a vehicle that was carrying gaboon adders.

“Ezemvelo officials followed the suspicious vehicle from the Tongaat Toll Plaza, and contacted the SAPS RRPU,” said Mntambo.

“The vehicle was stopped and searched on the N3 and the driver was found in possession of a live East African gaboon adder and six other snakes for which a possession permit was not required,” he said, adding the gaboon adder was a protected species and a permit was required to possess and transport them.


Read more on:    pietermaritzburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.