A 38 year-old man who was arrested after he was found in possession of four elephants tusks and leopard skin is expected to appear again in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga on Friday.
The man, Anton Smit, was arrested by members of the Hawks Organised Serious Crime Unit on endangered species along with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency on Friday last week, Mpumalanga News reported.
According provincial spokesperson for the Hawks, Lieutenant Dineo Sekgotodi, Smit was found in possession of the four elephant tusks weighing about 14 kg and worth a street value of R14 000 plus the leopard skin worth R40 000 in the Nelspruit CBD.
“He was found around town and failed to produce the permits,” she said.
Smit appeared in court on Tuesday where he was released on a warning. The matter was postponed for further investigation.
– Caxton News Service