Professional hunter tells court he didn't know about permits

2016-05-09 10:06


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Mbombela - A professional hunter from Mpumalanga's capital has told a magistrate he was not aware he needed permits to carry leopard skins and elephant tusks.

Anton Smit, 38, was not asked to plead to charges of illegally possessing leopard skins and elephant tusks when he appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Smit told the court he bought the tusks in Mozambique years ago, while the leopard skins were a gift from a friend in Namibia, provincial Hawks spokesperson, Lieutenant Dineo Sekgotodi said on Sunday.

“He said the pieces were on exhibition in a showcase in his house and that he did not know that he should have permits to have these in his house."

The skins and tusks were valued at over R100 000.

Smit would be represented by attorney Coert Jordaan, while anti-poaching advocate Isabet Erwee would prosecute the case.

Smit was out on a warning. The case was postponed to Wednesday.

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