Man in court for leopard skins, elephant tusks worth R100 000

2016-05-06 14:33


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Mbombela - A man accused of illegally possessing leopard skins and elephant tusks worth more than R100 000 is expected to appear before the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga on Friday.

Anton Smit, 38, was arrested during a routine check in Mbombela’s central business district last Friday, Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Dineo Sekgotodi said.

He allegedly failed to produce any permits for the ivory or the leopard skins. After his arrest he was released on a warning and told to be in court on Friday. He faces charges of violating the Endangered Species Act.

Members of the police's organised crimes investigation unit and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s endangered species unit arrested him.

Read more on:    mbombela  |  conservation  |  animals

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