Saturday, September 19, 2020

Two Botswana nationals arrested in SA with lion cubs

Two Botswana nationals who were recently arrested by the South African Police Service will appear before a Ganyesa magistrate court this month.

The two suspects, who were arrested after being found in possession of lion cubs, skins and bones of wild animals, have been granted bail of R3 000 each while police investigations continue.

The South African Police Service spokesperson in the North West Provence, Captain Ad├®le Myburgh, told the Telegraph that the three suspects were caught some days ago in Morokweng Village, in the North West Province.

Myburgh said the suspects are two Batswana, Archie Phero Bimbo, 35, and Pieta Vlermuis, 23, and a South African national, Thabelo Bogwera, 48.

“They were recently arraigned before the Ganyesa Magistrate Court and were charged with a single count of illegal possession of game,” Myburgh said.

She added that on the 23 of last month, the suspects were granted bail of about R3 000 each and should report to Mathibestad SAPS every Friday as part of their bail conditions.
They are to appear in court again next week on Monday.

It is reported that police, acting on a tip-off, went to an abandoned house in the village where they found two lion cubs inside, in addition to wild animal skins and bones, which were found in a vehicle parked in the yard opposite the house.

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