2 Arrested with pangolin and an elephant tusk worth R1 million

South African Police Service

2 Arrested with pangolin and an elephant tusk worth R1 million
2 Arrested with pangolin and an elephant tusk worth R1 million. Photo: SAPS

Two suspects aged 32 and 43, arrested for possession of a pangolin and an elephant tusk worth R1 million at the Beitbridge bridge border line, will appear before the Musina Magistrate’s Court on 21 November 2022 on charges of possession of protected Species.

The suspects were arrested on Friday 18 November 2022.

The suspects were arrested following a sting joint operation by SAPS members comprising of Crime Intelligence Unit, Stock Theft and Endangered Species (STES) Unit, Beitbridge Task team joined by members of the SANDF and Wildlife centre after information was received about individuals who are in possession of protected Species and have just crossed into South Africa from Zimbabwe using a boat.

Thorough investigation, an Operation was conducted and the suspects were apprehended at about 12:00 along the Western border line at Beitbridge.

One pangolin and an elephant tusk to the estimated street value of R1 million were found concealed inside the backs that they were carrying.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Radebe has hailed the members for the well-coordinated operation that resulted in the arrest of the suspects and the continued support of the community in the fight against crime.

Police investigations are still continuing.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service