The case against six Lesotho nationals who were arrested and detained in connection with the illegal trafficking of donkeys on Monday last week was adjourned for further investigation on Wednesday.
The men, who did not apply for bail, appeared at the Mooi River Magistrate’s Court. The Mooi River SPCA rescued 101 donkeys that were allegedly being taken to Lesotho, where the association believes they would have been skinned alive and left to die. Donkey skins are used to make gelatin for a product called ‘ejiao’, used in traditional Chinese medicine.
The rescued animals avoided this horrific fate whe SPCA field officer Phumlani Majola, working with Mooi-Mpofana Municipality traffic officials, had the truck transporting them pulled off the road.