Two suspects arrested for possession of elephant tusks

South African Police Service

Two suspects arrested for possession of elephant tusks
Two suspects arrested for possession of elephant tusks. Photo: SAPS

On 9 November 2018 Douglas Matambandini (46) and Mmoloki Moseki (49) appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court for the alleged possession of suspected stolen elephant tusks.

This court appearance emanates from a crime intelligence operation that was conducted on Wednesday, 7 November 2018. Information was received that the suspects were on their way to Klerksdorp and members of Organised Crime and the Tactical Response Team in Klerksdorp, stopped and searched a Toyota bakkie, subsequently resulting in the arrest of the two suspects in Klerksdorp. Six elephant tusks, which were hidden underneath maize bags, were seized. The six tusks (ivory) weighed 112, 70 kilograms with a total value of R 676 000-00.

The two suspects will remain in custody until their next court appearance on 16 November 2018 for a formal bail application.

The North West Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane commended the team for their dedication and hard work that led to the successes. She requested the community to report any suspicious activities or information to the police as information used proactively can prevent crime and assist the police with the investigation of crime.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service