A Botswana national is expected in the dock of the Kuruman Magistrate’s Court in the Northern Cape on Monday after he allegedly attempted to sell a live cheetah, as well as lion bones.
Hawks spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi in a statement said the 42-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday for illegal activities involving protected species.
“[This] following a disruptive operation after information surfaced that the suspect intends to sell a live cheetah and lion bones to a potential buyer in South Africa,” Mnisi said.
“[A] transaction was arranged with the suspect and he was found in possession of [a] live cheetah and lion bones when confronted by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime [unit], Kuruman Stock Theft, and Kuruman Highway Patrol.” The estimated value of the cheetah and the lion bones is R400 000, according to Mnisi.SEE ALSO:
“The cheetah received medical attention and will be kept at a sanctuary for rehabilitation.”