Hawks arrest Motswana with lion bones, live cheetah

SHARE   |   Monday, 09 December 2019   |   By News 24
Hawks arrest Motswana with lion bones, live cheetah

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.

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"[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.

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"The cheetah received medical attention and will be kept at a sanctuary for rehabilitation."



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