No bail for two arrested over pangolin
Brits – Two of the three suspects arrested after failing to explain why they had a pangolin in their possession, were denied bail when they appeared before the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Monday 14 September.
Weedwell Manzanga and Polite Nyaromba were remanded in custody while the third suspect, Mashudu Mphasomani, was granted bail of R1,000. Manzanga, Nyaromba and Mphasomani are due to appear before the same court again on Tuesday 22 September to answer to charges of contravening the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act of 2004.
Police spokesperson Maria Nkabinde confirmed the three were arrested on Friday 11 September at around 12:30 after law enforcement agents responsible for combatting illegal trade of wildlife and endangered species received a tip-off about a possible pangolin sale.
“A multi-disciplinary team comprising personnel from the Jericho Stock Theft Unit, Bojanala Sub-District 1 Trio Crimes Task Team, Crime Intelligence as well as officials from Nature Conservation acted swiftly and intercepted the trio, who were driving in a white Volkswagen Jetta,” Nkabinde said.
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